The strange and brilliant fiction of Hilary Mantel
“So the novel begins: ‘When Mrs Axon found out about her daughter’s condition, she was more surprised than sorry; which did not mean that she was not very sorry indeed.” Mysteriously, Evelyn Axon’s daughter Muriel is pregnant, and ‘Her face wore an expression of daft beatitude.’ Something is wrong with Muriel, but before we can work out what a visitor arrives, in dim autumnal light, at the Axons’ house in a suburban avenue of an English town. It is Mrs Sidney, who wishes to contact her dead husband.”
Like many other readers, I found “Wolf Hall” brilliant, but knew little about what Mantel wrote before that. There’s much to read if you want to catch up with her back list.