• A Memoir of My Former Self
  • A Memoir of My Former Self
  • A Memoir of My Former Self
  • A Memoir of My Former Self
  • A Memoir of My Former Self
  • A Memoir of My Former Self

A Memoir of My Former Self: A Life in Writing

Hardback Published on: 19/10/2023
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A Memoir of My Former Self
Marvellous Mantel!
I’m a huge fan of Hilary Mantel’s writing, and it was a great loss to literature when she died. She has however left a terrific legacy, not only of immers... READ MORE
Fiona Ellwood at Leicester Highcross
A Memoir of My Former Self
What a way to say a fond farewell
I have always adored Mantel's work and being able to read a mix of her essays, reviews and general thoughts brings me absolute joy. You can either read it ... READ MORE
Isobel Holmes
A Memoir of My Former Self
great organic reading
I love Mantel's writing. Here she explores many perspectives on many issues around her upbringing that permeated her world. Well worth reading and dippin... READ MORE


As well as her celebrated career as a novelist, Hilary Mantel long contributed to newspapers and journals, unspooling stories from her own life and illuminating the world as she found it. This strand of her writing was an integral part of how she thought of herself. 'Ink is a generative fluid,' she explains. 'If you don't mean your words to breed consequences, don't write at all.' A Memoir of My Former Self collects the finest of this writing over four decades. Mantel's subjects are wide-ranging. She discusses nationalism and her own sense of belonging; our dream life flopping into our conscious life; the mythic legacy of Princess Diana; the many themes that feed into her novels - revolutionary France, psychics, Tudor England - and other novelists, from Jane Austen to V. S. Naipaul. She writes about her father and the man who replaced him; she writes fiercely and heartbreakingly about the battles with her health she endured as a young woman, and the stifling years she found herself living in Saudi Arabia. Here, too, is a selection of her film reviews - from When Harry Met Sally to RoboCop - and, published for the first time, her stunning Reith Lectures, which explore the process of art bringing history and the dead back to life. From her unique childhood to her all-consuming fascination with Thomas Cromwell that grew into the Wolf Hall Trilogy, A Memoir of My Former Self reveals the shape of Hilary Mantel's life in her own dazzling words, 'messages from people I used to be.' Compelling, often very funny, always luminous, it is essential reading from one of our greatest writers.

  • Publisher: John Murray Press
  • ISBN: 9781399813884
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 640g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 36 mm

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A Memoir of My Former Self
“A Life In Writing”..
This book is an interesting collection of f Mantel’s work from 1987 to 2017 chosen by her editor Nicholas Pearson. The subjects vary from her family his... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley