A Memoir of My Former Self By Hilary Mantel

  • Narrated by: Anne Enright, Aurora Dawson Hunte, Ben Miles, Bill Hamilton, Jane Wymark, Lydia Leonard, Nicholas Pearson, Sarah Waters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Release date: 10-19-23

A Memoir of My Former Self By Hilary Mantel AudioBook summary

A Memoir of My Former Self reveals the shape of Hilary Mantel’s life in her own dazzling words, narrated by a prestigious cast of actors and notable literary figures connected to Hilary’s work.

From her unique childhood to her all-consuming fascination with Thomas Cromwell that grew into the Wolf Hall Trilogy, Hilary Mantel had a celebrated career as a novelist. Alongside this, she long contributed to newspapers and journals, unspooling stories from her own life and illuminating the world as she found it. This strand of Hilary’s writing was an integral part of how she thought of herself. ‘Ink is a generative fluid,’ she explains. ‘If you don’t mean your words to breed consequences, don’t write at all.’ A Memoir of My Former Self collects the finest of this writing over four decades.

Mantel’s subjects are wide-ranging. She discusses nationalism and her own sense of belonging; our dream life flopping into our conscious life; the mythic legacy of Princess Diana; the many themes that feed into her novels—revolutionary France, psychics, Tudor England—and other novelists, from Jane Austen to V. S. Naipaul. She writes about her father and the man who replaced him; she writes fiercely and heartbreakingly about the battles with her health she endured as a young woman, and the stifling years she found herself living in Saudi Arabia. Here, too, is a selection of her film reviews—from When Harry Met Sally to RoboCop—and, published for the first time, her stunning Reith Lectures, which explore the process of art bringing history and the dead back to life.

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