Review: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

Have never been a fan of short stories as feel that it is a difficult genre to master successfully – either you are left wanting more or the story doesn’t get going.

Unfortunately, Hilary Mantell’s foray into the short story genre hasn’t made me change my mind!

Janet White


The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

Apologies for the lateness of this post! We’ve picked The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel (mostly), though there’s a couple of us reading the others, so there’ll be plenty to discuss at the next meeting!

All reserved copies have been put aside. Just tell the Waterstones Doncaster staff member that you’re with the book club, and they should know to take off the extra pound, disclaimer.

We’re discussing them on Wednesday 22nd October, 5.30pm for 5.45pm at the Cast Theatre Cafe Bar and look forward to seeing you all there, directions and map.

Last night’s BBC 2 Culture Show was an interview with Mantel about this short story collection. It’s still available on the iPlayer though I should warn you, think there might be spoilers!

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Mantel

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel

A brilliant – and rather transgressive – collection of short stories from the double Man Booker Prize-winning author of ‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring Up the Bodies’. Hilary Mantel is one of Britain’s most accomplished and acclaimed writers.

In these ten bracingly subversive tales, all her gifts of characterisation and observation are fully engaged, summoning forth the horrors so often concealed behind everyday facades. Childhood cruelty is played out behind the bushes in ‘Comma’; nurses clash in ‘Harley Street’ over something more than professional differences; and in the title story, staying in for the plumber turns into an ambiguous and potentially deadly waiting game.

Whether set in a claustrophobic Saudi Arabian flat or on a precarious mountain road in Greece, these stories share an insight into the darkest recesses of the spirit. Displaying all of Mantel’s unmistakable style and wit, they reveal a great writer at the peak of her powers.

Published: 25/09/2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

ISBN: 9780007580972