Hilary Mantel is the critically acclaimed author of eight novels, including The Giant, O'Brien and A Change of Climate, and a memoir, Giving Up the Ghost. A winner of the Hawthornden Prize, she reviews books for The New York Times and The New York Review of Books. She lives in England.
“Would you like champagne?”
This was the beginning; an hour or so out from Heathrow. Already it felt further; watches moved on, a day in a life condensed to a scramble at a check-in desk, a walk to a departure gate; a day cut short and eclipsed, hurtling on into advancing night. And now the steward leaned over her, putting this question.
“I don’t think so.