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Paperback 480 Pages / Published: 03/10/2005
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A comically sinister tale of wicked spirits and suburban mediums from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

Alison Hart, a medium by trade, tours the dormitory towns of London's orbital ring road with her flint-hearted sidekick, Colette, passing on messages from beloved dead ancestors. But behind her plump, smiling persona hides a desperate woman: she knows the terrors the next life holds but must conceal them from her wide-eyed clients. At the same time she is plagued by spirits from her own past, who infiltrate her body and home, becoming stronger and nastier the more she resists...

Shortlisted for the Orange Prize, Hilary Mantel's supremely suspenseful novel is a masterpiece of dark humour and even darker secrets.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007157761
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Magnificent...It's one of the greatest ghost stories in the language, but it's far more than just a ghost story - it's a novel of desperate truthfulness - a majestic work, truly.' - Philip Pullman

'Sparkling, sinister and supremely original.' - Sunday Telegraph

'As black as a tar barrel and very, very funny.' - The Times

'Laceratingly observant, a masterpiece of wit, heavy with atmosphere. It is also gloriously insolent and slyly funny: full of robust, uncluttered prose and searing moments.' - Independent

'Pins elusive Middle England to the page in all its creepiness: a place blank and disconnected, yet fatally self-absorbed.' - Rachel Cooke, Observer

'An elegant, atmospheric tale and a nuanced portrait, full of ironies.' - Tatler

'Chilling, creepy and endlessly inventive.' - Kate Saunders, The Times

'Hilary Mantel has done something extraordinary. She has taken the ethereal halfway house between heaven and hell, between the living and the dead, and nailed it on the page.' - Fay Weldon, Guardian

'Has the kind of gallows humour that makes you laugh out loud...A real page-turner, a darkly humorous take on the enduring effects of childhood trauma.' -Mslexia

'A deep, disturbing, violently amusing and subversive work.' - Daily Telegraph

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“Rentaghost meets Fay Weldon”

Two main older characters who behave like stroppy teens squabble away while malign, comical spirits weave in and out causing the worst kind of mayhem. Extremely dark yet laugh our loud funny, Beyond Black, is an... More

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“Offensive”

A terrible book, and one that has put me off trying any other book written by her. Not only are the characters 2D and irritating, what actually stopped me reading was a scene featuring Princess Diana. Her spirit is... More

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“Disappointing”

I bought this book after hearing parts of it dramatised for radio. Clearly, I had not being listening very carefully. I was disappointed with the characters, the plot and the style of writing. Although I feel unkind... More

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