Beyond black

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Fourth Estate, 2005 - Fiction - 451 pages
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"Alison Hart is a medium by trade: dead people talk to her, and she talks back. With her flat-eyed, flint-hearted sidekick, Colette, she tours the dormitory towns of London's orbital road, passing on messages from dead ancestors: 'Granny says she likes your new kitchen units.'" "Alison's ability to communicate with spirits is a torment rather than a gift. Behind her plump, smiling and bland public persona is a desperate woman. She knows that the next life holds terrors that she must conceal from her clients. Her days and nights are haunted by the men she knew in her childhood, the thugs and petty criminals who preyed upon her hopeless, addled mother, Emmie. They infiltrate her house, her body and her soul; the more she tries to be rid of them, the stronger and nastier they become."--BOOK JACKET.

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The 1997 death of Princess Diana and the 9/11 attacks form the backdrop of this unusual tale by Mantel (Giving Up the Ghost ). Alison, a medium, tours her native England, rousing the departed and ... Read full review

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This has to be one of the worst books I have ever had the misfortune to read! I read this book for a book group, and not one of us who was there had anything good to say about it, no plot, characters ... Read full review


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On Sympathy
Sophie Ratcliffe
Limited preview - 2008

About the author (2005)

Hilary Mary Mantel (born 6 July 1952) is an English novelist, short story writer and critic. Her work, ranging in subject from personal memoir to historical fiction, has been short-listed for major literary awards. In 2009, she won the Man Booker Prize for her novel Wolf Hall.

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