A Change of Climate

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Viking, 1994 - Good and evil - 342 pages
Set in Norfolk in 1980 but with flashbacks to South Africa and Bechuanaland of the 1960s. Ralph and Anna are "do-gooders". They run a trust for young people and take offenders into their home. But they harbour a secret: in Africa, years before, their son had been abducted, his body never found.

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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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About the author (1994)

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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