Vacant Possession

Hilary Mantel

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A dark and uproarious tale of revenge.

Ten years have passed since Muriel Axon did her ma in, ten years of living in a mental asylum. But Muriel has not forgotten her welfare worker, Isabel, or her neighbor, Colin. Nor has she forgiven. There are still scores to be settled-and vengeance to be wreaked. In a novel that is wildly funny and daringly wicked, Mantel brings the full force of her black humor to bear on a cast of characters that is by turns wacky and malevolent. As Muriel dons disguises to get back at the world that imprisoned her, we follow a trail that is wonderfully macabre with enough twists and turns to qualify this book as a thriller.

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VACANT POSSESSION

"I wonder who will be the new Poet Laureate?" said Colin Sidney, coming down to breakfast. There was no reply from the other residents at number 2, Buckingham Avenue. He paused on the half-landing, looking out of the little window. He saw the roof of his garage, and his neighbour's garden. "Well, who?" he muttered. There was nothing in view but a scudding 8:00 A.M. sky, a promise of weak sunshine, a vista of close, green, dripping trees. Midsummer. Colin went down, twitching his tie.

Behind him, the three younger children were preparing for their day.

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"Savage and funny black humour at its best." --Observer (London)

"Hilary Mantel's wit is wonderfully and startlingly nasty." --Sunday Times (London)

"Filled with fiish glee . . . Lie back and laugh yourself silly: this is the best s-up for a long, long time." --New Statesman

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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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Vacant Possession
Hilary Mantel

Trade Paperback

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Picador
August 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312668044
ISBN10: 031266804X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$14.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
August 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429954570
ISBN10: 1429954574
240 pages
$9.99
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