Henry Holt and Co. A Memoir of My Former Self: And Other Writings
Henry Holt and Co. A Memoir of My Former Self: And Other Writings

A Memoir of My Former Self: And Other Writings

By Hilary Mantel


Publication Date: October 24, 2023

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A posthumous collection of journalism and other writings by Hilary Mantel, revealing in spectacular breadth the beloved writer’s cutting wit and singular voice on books, films, the royals, and her own life.

“Fiction isn’t made by scraping the bones of topicality for the last shreds and sinews, to be processed into mechanically recovered prose. Like journalism, it deals in ideas as well as facts, but also in metaphors, symbols and myths. It multiplies ambiguity. It’s about the particular, which suggests the general: about inner meaning, seen with the inner eye, always glimpsed, always vanishing, always more or less baffling, and scuffled on to the page hesitantly, furtively, transgressively, by night and with the wrong hand.”

Hilary Mantel is widely known as the bestselling, two-time Booker Prize-winning author of the Wolf Hall trilogy, a critically acclaimed, historical fiction series that tells the captivating tale of Thomas Cromwell in 1500s England. But Mantel’s writing didn't only explore the past—far from it.

Featuring pieces from the 1980s to the present, A Memoir of My Former Self invites readers into the mind and world of Hilary Mantel, sharply observed and beautifully rendered. With a combination of playful humor and elegant delivery, Mantel reveals what was going through her head in the moments before Donald Trump was elected in 2016, and remembers what it was like the day that she first met her stepfather.

Ever piercing and poignant, A Memoir of My Former Self takes us through Mantel’s childhood, the joys of stationery, women’s rights, Goodfellas, Marie Antoinette, and the practice of writing—showing how a brilliant mind can make any topic, however large or small, endlessly riveting.

About the Author

Hilary Mantel was a renowned English writer who twice won the Booker Prize, for her best-selling novel Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. The final novel of the Wolf Hall trilogy, The Mirror & the Light, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and won worldwide critical acclaim. Mantel wrote seventeen celebrated books, including the memoir Giving Up the Ghost, and she was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, the Walter Scott Prize, the Costa Book Award, the Hawthornden Prize, and many other accolades. In 2014, Mantel was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE). She died at age seventy in 2022.

Format: Hardcover with dust jacket

Length: 448 pages

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Publication Date: October 24, 2023

ISBN: 9781250342225

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