Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great discussion Lainie - I'm looking forward to the next one! x

    April 4, 2013

  • Lainie N.

    hey everyone, was really great to see you all last night, great discussion. The book scored an average of 7 out of 10 which is our highest score yet!

    April 4, 2013

  • Lainie N.

    Hi all my bus broke down so running a bit late, we have the function room booked I will meet you in there

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make it this time but looking forward to the next one.

    March 31, 2013

  • Tay

    I can't do that Wednesday either but hopefully I'll see you at the next one.

    March 28, 2013

  • Nick

    Hi, Sorry but I can't do Wednesday next week - hope it goes well. Nick

    March 28, 2013

  • Lainie N.

    I have booked the function room at The Bread & Roses in Clapham, nearest tube is clapham north I think. As always you can get me on my mobile[masked] should you need directions. Again, really sorry I've had to move it hope most of you can still make it! xxx

    March 28, 2013

  • Uwe

    sorry, I can only do the next thursday the 4th, was looking forward for today...

    March 28, 2013

    • Lainie N.

      Oh Uwe, I'm so sorry. Hopefully see you for the next one in April. L x

      March 28, 2013

  • Lainie N.

    thanks everyone for the lovely messages, I am going to call the venue and see if they can do Tuesday or Wednesday next week. x

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't attend tonight but next week would be fine. Get well soon!

    March 28, 2013

  • Nick

    I've got a cold as well, so if it's moved that would work for me! Get better soon Lainie

    March 28, 2013

  • Lainie N.

    Hey guys, are you happy to go on without me for this one or do you want me to move it? I don't want to infect you all with my germs! X

    March 27, 2013

  • Uwe

    As deeply as I dislike the habit of public executions as I read they do in Saudi Arabia, I would like to know more about this country from a good analyst like hilary mantel

    March 4, 2013

  • Uwe

    the text was too long:

    Based on Mantel's own experiences in Saudi Arabia,[1] the novel explores different peoples' struggles with the contrast in cultures, including those of people of different Islamic cultures, and the misunderstandings between the Saudis and Westerners, as well as between women and men.[2] Mantel felt the book anticipated later developments in the culture clash between Islam and the West: “I felt a bit frustrated because as events developed, I had a sort of I-told-you-so feeling.” [3]
    Reception

    Reviewing the book in The Spectator, Anita Brookner wrote of a "tightness of control" and that a "peculiar fear emanates from this narrative."[4]

    On the book's American publication in 1997, one reviewer described it as "a bold, searingly honest and uncompromising novel"[5] while another praised "Mantel's knack for leavening her weighty themes with seductive narrative strategies."[6]

    March 4, 2013

  • Uwe

    hilary mantel made some waves again...
    I would be interested to read her:

    Eight Months on Ghazzah Street

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Eight Months on Ghazzah Street
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    Author(s) Hilary Mantel
    Country Britain
    Publisher Viking Press
    Publication date 1988
    Pages 278 pp
    ISBN ISBN[masked]
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    OCLC Number [masked]
    Dewey Decimal 823/[masked]
    LC Classification PR6063.A438 E[masked]

    Eight Months on Ghazzah Street (1988) is the third novel by English author Hilary Mantel, who won the Man Booker Prize in 2009. It concerns the Englishwoman Frances Shore, who moves to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to live with her husband, an engineer.

    March 4, 2013

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