First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Original burgundy cloth lettered and decorated in gilt to spine, front and rear panels, in the semi-transparent glassine wrapper lettered in black to the spine and front panel (the book's design is by Tracey Winwood). A very near fine copy, the binding square and firm, the cloth and gilt bright, the contents clean throughout. In the glassine wrapper which, except for some minor crumpling to the upper edge of the spine, a touch of rubbing to upper corners, and a couple of light marks, is in excellent shape. Not price-clipped (£14.99 to the front flap). A lovely, sharp copy.
Signed by the author in black ink to the title page. Mantel's eighth novel, a fictionalised account of the eighteenth-century Irish giant, Charles Byrne (the O'Brien of the title) and his macabre relationship with the Scottish surgeon, John Hunter. "Hilary Mantel has felt herself into the poetics of history with singular intensity. Although her novel is in one sense a brilliant pastiche, drawing on Swift and on Joyce, deploying all the tricks of understatement and of what the great Russian formalist Shklovsky called "making it strange", it triumphantly justifies and reanimates these well-worn methods. It becomes her own style, as acute and arresting as is her vision of history." (John Bayley in 'The New York Review of Books')
Stock code: 22403