Vacant Possession

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Macmillan, 1986 - Fiction - 242 pages
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A dark and uproarious tale of revenge.

Ten years have passed since Muriel Axon did her ma in, ten years of living in a mental asylum. But Muriel has not forgotten her welfare worker, Isabel, or her neighbor, Colin. Nor has she forgiven. There are still scores to be settled-and vengeance to be wreaked. In a novel that is wildly funny and daringly wicked, Mantel brings the full force of her black humor to bear on a cast of characters that is by turns wacky and malevolent. As Muriel dons disguises to get back at the world that imprisoned her, we follow a trail that is wonderfully macabre with enough twists and turns to qualify this book as a thriller.
 

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User Review  - Cassandra2020 - LibraryThing

Vacant Possession by Hilary Mantel - very Good I really shouldn't put off writing down my thoughts on the books I read, it's been almost a month since I read this and I've read another 4 and a half ... Read full review

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User Review  - ten_floors_up - LibraryThing

I came to read this without any inkling the characters continued an earlier story by the author - nor did I find out until I'd finished it. An 80s period piece, with the occasional hint of themes the author revisited later in "Beyond Black". Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER 1
3
CHAPTER 2
26
CHAPTER 3
71
CHAPTER 4
78
CHAPTER 5
98
CHAPTER 6
123
CHAPTER 7
150
CHAPTER 8
186
CHAPTER 9
226
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About the author (1986)

Hilary Mantel is the critically acclaimed author of eight novels, seven of which are available in paperback from Henry Holt. Winner of the Hawthornden Prize, she lives in England. Ms. Mantel reviews for The New York Times and the New York Review of Books.

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