A Change of Climate A Novel

Hilary Mantel




Trade Paperback

336 Pages


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An exemplary couple, Ralph and Anna Eldred have devoted their lives to doing good. Decades earlier, as missionaries in Africa, the newlywed and naïve couple blundered badly, suffering a nearly unimaginable horror. Shattered by their encounter with inexplicable evil, they returned to England, never to speak of it again. When Ralph falls into an affair, however, the past resurfaces, and Anna finds no forgiveness in her heart. Twenty years of repressed rage and grief explode, threatening to destroy not only a marriage but also their love, their faith, and everything they thought they were.


Praise for A Change of Climate

"Ambitious and powerful . . . an extremely complex inquiry into the nature of good and evil . . . [a] wise, lyrical novel."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Witty, disturbing and memorable . . . smart, astringent, and marvelously upsetting."—The New York Times Book Review

"[A] complex story, probing deeper questions of good and evil . . . Mantel is an acute observer, fearless in exploring difficult subjects wherever they may lead her."—The Washington Post Book World

"A darkly humorous book . . . encapsulating the push and pull between emotion and repression, self-sacrifice and self-deception, pragmatism and confusion, goodness and evil."—Los Angeles Times

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Change of Climate
ONEOn the day of Felix Palmer's funeral, his wife, Ginny, met his mistress, Emma. They had met before, of course. The county of Norfolk is not so populous that they could have avoided each other. Their conduct at these meetings had been shaped by Ginny's lofty and willful ignorance of the situation: by Emma's sangfroid: by Felix's natural desire to maintain an arrangement that suited him.Over the years they had coincided in drafty parish halls, in charity committee rooms, and at the caucuses of local groups concerned with the protection of what, in the decade just beginning,
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  • Hilary Mantel

  • Hilary Mantel is the critically acclaimed author of eight novels, including The Giant, O'Brien and Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, and a memoir, Giving Up the Ghost. A winner of the Hawthornden Prize, she reviews for The New York Times and The New York Review of Books. She lives in England.
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