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Summary

From the double Man Booker Prize-winner, a savagely funny tale that revisits the characters from the much-loved Every Day is Mother’s Day.

Muriel Axon is about to re-enter the lives of Colin Sidney and Isabel Field. It is 10 years since her last tangle with them, but for Muriel this is not time enough. There are still scores to be settled, truths to be faced and vengeance to be wreaked.

©1986 Hilary Mantel (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"The macabre and wonderfully funny plot has as many twists and turns as a well-made thriller" ( Standard)
"Hilary Mantel's wit is wonderful and startlingly nasty" ( Sunday Times)

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Brilliant

Excellent story didn't want it to end.
Funny & dark
Couldn't put it down and can't wait for no.3. To come

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A black comical sequel to peculiar opener

If you could sum up Vacant Possession in three words, what would they be?

I disagree with the previous review which suggested the ending ruined the whole tale: the ending leaves the dangling threads exactly where they should be - outrageously weird - it's the denouement of a layered and blackly hilarious sequel.Complex. Witty. Clever.A wonderful turn of phrase - I wish I had it in print so that I could more easily reread & savour some of those pithy, crafted sentences.Bravo.A gem.

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Fabulous follow up but disappointing ending

Great following on from Every Day is Mother's Day, but was left very disappointed by the ending. It has almost made me wish I hadn't invested the time and emotional energy into listening to the two books.

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Brilliant!

A brilliant sequel to the equally entertaining 'Every Day is Mother's Day'. Sharp, funny and poignant. Mantel is a wonderful writer who creates unforgettable characters. I did not want it to end.

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Black but humorous

A rather bleak tale but moments of laugh out loud dialogue saves this from being merely macabre. Hillary Mantel is such a good writer - the book keeps you on your toes.

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A depressing story

Although well written, I would not have chosen this had I known what a bleak storyline was about to unfold. Mental illness abounds in almost every character.

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Highly enjoyable

If you could sum up Vacant Possession in three words, what would they be?

Black macabre amusing

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Very enjoyable sequal - to every day is Mother's Day - digging deep into the horrors of suburbia
Sandra Duncan adds depth to the characters really helping to visualise their characters - excellent pace and tone