Media gloom about the NHS… a Latin proverb… Alan Bennett’s diaries… the plaintive, insistent voice of an elderly lady with a strange sense of humour… Taking time out from her immersion in the Wolf Hall trilogy, Hilary Mantel reads a new short story, and talks with Helen Taylor about how its elements combined to produce something between a black sitcom and a state of the nation report.
Hilary Mantel won the Man Booker Prize for her novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Her story The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, from the collection of the same name, was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award. She is working on The Mirror & The Light, the final part of her trilogy about Thomas Cromwell and the Tudor court.
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