A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel

By Hilary Mantel

From the double guy Booker prize-winner comes a unprecedented paintings of historic mind's eye – this is often Hilary Mantel’s epic novel of the French Revolution. Georges-Jacques Danton: zealous, full of life and debt-ridden. Maximilien Robespierre: small, diligent and petrified of violence. And Camille Desmoulins: a genius of rhetoric, captivating and good-looking, but additionally erratic and untrustworthy. As those younger males, key figures of the French Revolution, style the addictive delights of energy, the darker part of the period’s political beliefs is unleashed – and all needs to face the horror that follows.

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59 I forced her into a taxi at four o'clock and we set off towards the station. The wind was icy again, and the people in the streets, waiting for buses, looked cold and unhappy. I tried to think how lucky we were with our comfortable lives and our comfortable homes; but all the familiar, respectable world I had known until yesterday had disappeared. We were carrying with us something that was the enemy and the opposite of all that. With a touch of alarm I wondered whether I was becoming like Ellen.

She's asleep,' he said in a puzzled way. ' The servant's loud whisper floated into the room from the hall outside. ' M r and M i z Markey are downstairs an' want to see you. Mr Markey, he's all cut up in pieces. His face looks like roast beef. ' cried Edith. 'Just tell them we're not home. 'John's voice was firm and hard. ' ' Y o u ' l l go down right now, and, whatever that other woman does, you'll apologize for what you said this afternoon. ' 'You've got to. ' 'Aren't you coming? ' John Andros waited until she closed the door behind her.

They were the eyes of an animal, sleepy and quiet, observing the approach of a different kind of creature. They were helpless but fierce, unhopeful but confident. It was as if they knew that they were powerless to do anything, but 48 Seated in the small car was a hard, thin-faced man with a scarred face and an unpleasant smile. extremely capable of profiting from a single sign of weakness in another. In a curious way I recognized him. He was one of the sort of men I had seen standing around on street corners, in bars, garages, barber-shops and the entrances of theatres, watching through narrow eyes the people who hurried past.

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