A Change of Climate: A Novel

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Macmillan, 1994 - Fiction - 321 pages
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Ralph and Anna Eldred are an exemplary couple. For thirty years they have devoted themselves to doing good. Thirty years ago, young and newly wed, they went as missionaries to South Africa. Unprepared for what they found, meaning only to do good, they blundered badly and were departed to an isolated mission station in Bechuanaland. There, the world that could happen did. Shattered by this encounter with inexplicable evil, they returned to England, never to sepak of it again. But the past lay festering. When Ralph falls into an affair, Anna can find no forgiveness in her heart, and thiry years of repressed rage and grief explode, destroying more than a marriage - destroying their love, their faith, their very sense of self, until everything they thought they were is threatened with disintegration.
 

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User Review  - otterley - LibraryThing

I hope that Hilary Mantel returns to contemporary settings, much as I love her period work. This novel, set amongst the virtuous and socially liberal in the countryside is bracing, challenging, funny ... Read full review

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Acclaimed British novelist Mantel (An Experiment in Love, 1996, etc.; see below) offers a provocative take on men and women of goodwill side-swiped by unsuspected evil and betrayal in places as far ... Read full review

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Contents

1970 Sad Cases Good Souls
1
ONE
5
TWO
13
THREE
28
FOUR
61
FIVE
110
SIX
142
SEVEN
172
EIGHT
227
NINE
265
TEN
299
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Hilary Mantel was born in Glossop, Derbyshire, England on July 6, 1952. She studied law at the London School of Economics and Sheffield University. She worked as a social worker in Botswana for five years, followed by four years in Saudi Arabia. She returned to Britain in the mid-1980s. In 1987 she was awarded the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for an article about Jeddah. She worked as a film critic for The Spectator from 1987 to 1991. She has written numerous books including Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, A Place of Greater Safety, A Change of Climate, The Giant, O'Brien, Giving up the Ghost: A Memoir, and Beyond Black. She has won several awards for her work including the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, the Cheltenham Prize and the Southern Arts Literature Prize for Fludd; the 1996 Hawthornden Prize for An Experiment in Love, the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Wolf Hall, and the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Bring up the Bodies. She made The New York Times Best Seller List with her title The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher.

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