A Place of Greater Safety - 4th Estate Matchbook Classics (Paperback)Hilary Mantel (author)
Mantel’s first completed manuscript is a colossal achievement, marshalling a huge cast of characters to give a rounded and evocative depiction of Revolutionary France and its principal players. From the flintily incorruptible Robespierre to the bullish, sensual Danton and the doomed, romantic Desmoulins, this is historical fiction played out on the grandest canvas.
From the double Man Booker prize-winner comes an extraordinary work of historical imagination - this is Hilary Mantel's epic novel of the French Revolution.
Georges-Jacques Danton: zealous, energetic and debt-ridden. Maximilien Robespierre: small, diligent and terrified of violence. And Camille Desmoulins: a genius of rhetoric, charming and handsome, yet also erratic and untrustworthy.
As these young men, key figures of the French Revolution, taste the addictive delights of power, the darker side of the period's political ideals is unleashed - and all must face the horror that follows.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 880
Weight: 840 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 59 mm
'Superbly readable...an assured and strange masterpiece.' - The Sunday Telegraph
'One of the best English novels of the 20th century.' - Diana Athill, The Oldie
'Hilary Mantel has soaked herself in the history of the period...and a striking picture emerges of the exhilaration, dynamic energy and stark horror of those fearful days.' - The Daily Telegraph
'I cannot think of a historical novel as good as this until one goes back to Marguerite Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian, published forty years ago.' - Evening Standard
'Marvellous...It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Hilary Mantel captures it all.' - Time Out
'Intriguing...She has grasped what made these young revolutionaries - and with them the French Revolution - tick.' - Independent
'Crafty tensions, twists and high drama...a bravura display of her endlessly inventive, eerily observant style.' - Times Literary Supplement
'An extraordinary and overwhelming novel...immensely detailed and yet fast-moving...she has set herself to capture the excitement and intellectual fervour of the period. She does it admirably...a tour de force.' - The Scotsman
'Riveting...the book overflows with a natural storyteller's energy.' - The New Yorker
`Much, much more than a historical novel, this is an addictive study of power, and the price that must be paid for it...a triumph.' - Cosmopolitan
'This is a high-class historical blockbuster.' - Red Magazine
'Hilary Mantel has pulled off the apparently impossible...an ambitious, gripping epic.' - Vogue
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“Slow, boring, background reading.”
I bought this expecting it to be a rip-roaring ride through the French Revolution. Exciting it was not. I found myself struggling with a slow crawl through the social history of what should have read as very hard... More
“Don't be put off!”
Whilst at first the size and perhaps subject of this book may be off putting I would recommend giving it a try. It is a brilliantly interwoven tale of the main protagonists of the French Revolution and is told with... More
Enlightening, entertaining, full of energy and passion. Never knew why this was not better known, a great book. Serious subject, wit and imagination all through it.
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