The Giant, O'Brien

A Novel

Hilary Mantel

Henry Holt and Co.

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The year is 1782; the place, London: the center of science and commerce, home to the newly rich and magnet to the desperately poor. Among the latter is the Giant, O'Brien, a freak of nature, a man of song and story who trusts in the old myths, in Irish kings and fairies. He has come to exhibit his size for money. He has, he soon finds, come to die. His opposite is a man of science, a society surgeon, the famed anatomist John Hunter, employer to a legion of grave robbers. He lusts after the Giant's corpse. Coin is offered. The Giant refuses. He will be buried, he will assume his throne in heaven. But money changes hands as friends are bribed. The Giant sickens, dies. Today, his bones may be seen by any curious stranger who visits the Huntarian Museum in London, part of the Royal College of Surgeons. Hailed as "an acute observer, fearless in exploring difficult subjects" (The Wall Street Journal), Mantel here tells of the fated convergence of two worlds--Ireland and England, poetry and science--on the cusp of a new century. As belief wrestles knowledge, so The Giant, O'Brien calls to us from a fork in the road. It is a tale of its time, a timeless tale.

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THE GIANT, O'BRIEN“Bring in the cows now. Time to shut up for the night.”There came three cows, breathing in the near-dark: swishing with the tips of their tails, their bones showing through hide. They set down their hooves among the men, jostling. Flames from the fire danced in their eyes. Through the open door, the moon sailed against the mountain.“Or O’Shea will have them away over the hill,” Connor said. Connor was their host. “Three cows my grandfather had of his grandfather. Never a night goes by that he doesn’t look to get the debt paid.

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"Smart, astringent, and marvelously upsetting fiction."-Francine Prose, The New York Times Book Review

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Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel is the author of seven previous novels, including Eight Months on Ghazzah Street (Owl Books, 0-8050-5203-8), An Experiment in Love (Owl Books, 0-8050-5202-X), and A Change of Climate (Owl Books, 0-8050-5205-4). She also wrote A Place of Greater Safety. Winner of the Hawthornden Prize, she lives in England.

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The Giant, O'Brien
A Novel
Hilary Mantel

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Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
October 1998
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805044287
ISBN10: 0805044280
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages
$22.00

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
June 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312426880
ISBN10: 0312426887
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages
$15.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
June 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429932196
ISBN10: 1429932198
208 pages
$9.99
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