The Giant, O'Brien

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Doubleday Canada, Jan 22, 2013 - Fiction - 208 pages
From the two-time Man Booker winner, the story of the 18th Century Irish giant, Charles O'Brien.
 
Charles O'Brien, bard and giant. The cynical are moved by his flights of romance; the craven stirred by his tales of epic deeds. But what of his own story as he is led from Ireland to seek his fortune beyond the seas in England?
 
The Surprising Irish Giant may be the sensation of the season but only his compatriots seem to attend to his mythic powers of invention. John Hunter, celebrated surgeon and anatomist, buys dead men from the gallows and babies' corpses by the inch. Where is a man as unique as The Giant to hide his bones when he is yet alive?
 
The Giant, O' Brien is an unforgettable novel; lyrical, shocking and spliced with black comedy.
 

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An intriguing mixture of fact and fantasy. Unlike the Cromwell novels and A Place of Greater Safety, the need for invention is clear here. Although the Irish giant Charles Byrne and the surgeon John ... Read full review

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Charles O'Brien, a gentle Irish giant with the soul of a poet, arrives in London with his agent and his band of followers to be exhibited among the better-off citizens. One who comes to the see him ... Read full review

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HILARY MANTEL was born in Derbyshire. She was educated at a convent and later studied law. After ten years abroad in Africa and the Middle East, she returned to Britain in 1985 to make a career as a writer. Her novel Beyond Black was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2005, and she was awarded the CBE in June 2006. Her novel, Wolf Hall, won the 2009 Man Booker Prize, and her most recent novel, Bring Up the Bodies, won the 2012 Man Booker Prize.

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