A Change of Climate

A Novel

Hilary Mantel

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Ralph and Anna Eldred are an exemplary couple, devoting themselves to doing good. Thirty years ago as missionaries in Africa, the worst that could happen did. Shattered by their encounter with inexplicable evil, they returned to England, never to speak of it again. But when Ralph falls into an affair, Anna finds no forgiveness in her heart, and thirty years of repressed rage and grief explode, destroying not only a marriage but also their love, their faith, and everything they thought they were.

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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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"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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Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel is the bestselling author of many novels including Wolf Hall, which won the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Bring Up the Bodies, Book Two of the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy, was also awarded the Man Booker Prize and the Costa Book Award. She is also the author of A Change of Climate, A Place of Greater Safety, Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, An Experiment in Love, The Giant, O'Brien, Fludd, Beyond Black, Every Day Is Mother's Day, and Vacant Possession. She has also written a memoir, Giving Up the Ghost. Mantel was the winner of the Hawthornden Prize, and her reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and the London Review of Books. She lives in England with her husband.

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A Change of Climate
A Novel
Hilary Mantel

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
September 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312422882
ISBN10: 0312422881
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$16.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429900607
ISBN10: 1429900601
336 pages
$9.99
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