Hilary Mantel Q&A
The two-time Booker Prize winner sat down with us on being longlisted for The Mirror & the Light.
At 20, when his reign began, Alexander the Great was already a seasoned soldier and a complex man. Mary Renault explores the years that shaped him.
Resolute, fearless and the inheritor of a striking beauty, Alexander still needed much to make him ‘Great’. He must survive - though with lifelong scars - the dark furies of his Dionysiac mother, who kept him uncertain even of his own paternity; he must respect his father’s talent for war and kingcraft, despite disgust for his sexual proclivities; and he must come to terms with his heritage from both.
Mary Renaul’s 1970 novel was one of the six books shortlisted for the Lost Man Booker, in 2010.
About the AuthorMary Renault was born Eileen Mary Challans, in London. She was best known for her historical novels set in ancient Greece.