Obituary for Hilary Mantel - Culture


Meredith Haaf

Hilary Mantel has always been drawn to the dead and the not-to-be-dead. Her first novel was about a spiritist, her autobiography she called "Giving up the Ghost" - "Von Geist und Geisten" in German. "For some people, being dead is just a relative state; they do more harm than the living." She wrote about Lady Diana in an essay on the 20th anniversary of her death Guardiansnext to the London Review of Books the primary publication medium for the astute, literary essays and reviews she wrote when she was not working on one of her novels.

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