A Memoir of My Former Self: A Life in Writing

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Henry Holt & Company
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6.2 X 8.6 X 2.4 inches | 1.55 pounds

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About the Author
Hilary Mantel was the author of the bestselling novel Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies, which both won the Booker Prize. The final novel of the Wolf Hall trilogy, The Mirror & the Light, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and won world-wide critical acclaim. Mantel wrote seventeen celebrated books, including the memoir Giving Up the Ghost, and she was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the Walter Scott Prize, the Costa Book Award, the Hawthornden Prize, and many other accolades. In 2014, Mantel was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She died at age seventy in 2022.

"A smart, deft, meticulous, thoughtful writer, with such a grasp of the dark and spidery corners of human nature."
--Margaret Atwood

"Mantel was a queen of literature. . . . Her reign was long, varied, and uncontested."
--Maggie O'Farrell

"One of the very greatest of our writers; poetic and profound prose with an incomparable feel for the texture of history."
--Simon Schama

"Mantel bristled with intelligence, looked at everything, saw everything. . . . With the uneasy energy of her early life, [she] made rigorous and unsettling work about history, the body, and the unknowable."
--Anne Enright

"The works collected in A Memoir of My Former Self are sharp and shapely, models of economy and density of thought... If you are a Mantel completist or if you have never heard of her, this book is an utter delight."

"Spanning four decades, and comprising work that originally appeared in various outlets, this bravura collection of articles, essays, reviews and talks showcases the inquiring mind, fierce intelligence and shrewd way with words of a dexterous--and indeed, ambidextrous--prose stylist."
--The Washington Post