Mantel, Hilary. THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER AND OTHER STORIES. London, England: Fourth Estate, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 245 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of short stories. One of Hilary Mantel's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Hilary Mantel's "The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher And Other Stories". Ten provocative, disturbing tales that go beyond mere titillation, surprise, and suspense. "Delivers on its promises: The promise built by Mantel's reputation as one of the great contemporary writers, the promise made by its shocking title, and the promise inherent in the genre of short stories. Pokes and prods and scratches at our tiny collective wounds, opening them into something much bigger. Readers may find the stories uncomfortable, but also hard to put down. Exquisite. You can't help but get sucked in" (The Chicago Tribune). "At the conclusion of 'Winter Break', a ghastly truth is revealed, and like the woman who witnesses it, we want to look away. But only until the next page. They don't hand out Bookers like candy, and these stories further explain why Mantel has two on her mantel (so far) " (Erin Kodicek). An absolute "must-have" title for Hilary Mantel collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and inscribed ("lined") in black pen-marker on the title page by the author: "F---Rejoice! Hilary Mantel". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The inscription is the very last line of the title story, and the last line of the book. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Announcement of the event during which her signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed ("lined") copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (British) available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Precedes and should NOT be confused with the American Edition. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize in 2009 for "Wolf Hall". Winner of the Booker Prize in 2012 for "Bring Up The Bodies". One of the most brilliant writers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 1627792104. $70.00

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