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Vacant Possession

Hilary Mantel

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Ten years have passed since Muriel Axon was locked away for society's protection, but psychiatric confinement has only increased her malice and ingenuity. At last free, she sets into motion an intricate plan to exact revenge on those who had her put away. Her former social worker, Isabel, and her old neighbors have moved on, but Muriel, with her talent for disguise, will infiltrate their homes and manipulate their lives, until all her enemies are brought together for a gruesome finale. Hilary Mantel's razor-sharp wit animates every page of this darkly comic tale of retribution.

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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. He heard shrieks

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Praise for Vacant Possession

"Mantel is a master storyteller, and here she's just having a wickedly good time."--San Francisco Chronicle

"It would be hard to over emphasize the mean pleasure to be found in Vacant Possession."--Kathryn Harrison, The New York Times

"Mantel imbues her writing with a unique combination of exhileration and dread. . . . She shows us how fiction can lift us into the extraordinary."--Meg Wolitzer, The Washington Post Book World

"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 critically acclaimed author of eight novels, seven of which are available in paperback from Henry Holt. Winner of the Hawthornden Prize, she lives in England. Ms. Mantel reviews for The New York Times and the New York Review of Books.
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