Hilary Mantel’s comically sinister tale of wicked spirits and suburban mediums is a masterpiece of dark humour - and even darker secrets.

Alison Hart, a medium by trade, tours the dormitory towns of London’s orbital ring road with her flint-hearted sidekick, Colette, passing on messages from beloved dead ancestors. But behind her plump, smiling persona hides a desperate woman: she knows the terrors the next life holds but must conceal them from her wide-eyed clients. At the same time she is plagued by spirits from her own past, who infiltrate her body and home, becoming stronger and nastier the more she resists…

Longlisted
The Man Booker Prize 2005
Published by
4th Estate
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Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel

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Hilary Mantel is the author of 15 books, including A Place of Greater Safety, Beyond Black and the memoir Giving Up the Ghost.
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