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A Place of Greater Safety

A Place of Greater Safety

A Novel

Hilary Mantel

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The story of three young provincials of no great heritage who together helped to destroy a way of life and, in the process, destroyed themselves: Camille Desmoulins, bisexual and beautiful, charming, erratic, untrustworthy; Georges Jacques Danton, hugely but erotically ugly, a brilliant pragmatist who knew how to seize power and use it; and Maximilien Robespierre, "the rabid lamb," who would send his dearest friend to the guillotine. Each, none older than thirty-four, would die by the hand of the very revolution he had helped to bring into being.

A Place of Greater Safety


Louis XV is named the Well-Beloved. Ten years pass. The same people believe the Well-Beloved takes baths of human blood ... . Avoiding Paris, ever shut up at Versailles,...

Praise for A Place of Greater Safety

“Brilliant, edgy historical fiction that catches the jittery, violent flux of the French Revolution.” —Michael Upchurch, Chicago Tribune

“Riveting historical novel” —The New Yorker


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Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel's novels "offer lessons in life's contrariness, in the tensions between free will, unfortunate accident, and involuntary behavior" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). She is the author of eight novels and winner of the prestigious Hawthornden Prize for Literature.

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