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Summary

Charles O’Brien, Irish bard and giant: The cynical are moved by his flights of romance; the craven stirred by his tales of epic deeds. The Surprising Irish Giant may be the sensation of the season but only his compatriots seem to attend to his mythic powers of invention. John Hunter, celebrated surgeon and anatomist, buys dead men from the gallows and babies’ corpses by the inch. Where is a man as unique as The Giant to hide his bones when he is yet alive?

©1998 Hilary Mantel (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"From the two-time Man Booker winner, The Giant, O’ Brien is an unforgettable novel; lyrical, shocking and spliced with black comedy"
"A novelist of remarkable diversity…She writes with wit, compassion and great elegance. Her books never fail to surprise, nor to delight: in this one she is at her very best - so far." ( Independent on Sunday)
"Mantel can out-write most writers of her generation, male and female. What she has done here is disturbing, grievous and extraordinary." ( Sunday Times)

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the only Mantel I couldn't get on with.

tried 3 times to listen to this and couldn't be doing with it. The narration certainly didn't help.
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Engaging and so well performed

The story has many elements of truth but as fiction Hilary Mantel provides an engaging story that paints a picture of 1780 as good as any. It is humorous and at times horrific but most of all a good story. This is amplified by the narrator Patrick Moy whose embodiment of the characters with accent and personality makes for a good listen and I have no doubt I will queue this one up for a second listen.