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A Place of Greater Safety - Hilary Mantel

London: Viking, 1992, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper.

Contains: Maps [1];

From the cover: “This summer the world will change.

Paris, 1789: there are bread queues, armed beggars on the streets, small riots most days. On the Left Bank an obscure young lawyer called Georges-Jacques Danton is clawing himself a living. He is ugly, energetic, debt-ridden. He intends to make his mark on life and he doesn’t mind how.

Maximilien Robespierre is a lawyer too. He is slight, meek, diligent. He is terrified of violence, but he wants to help people and he doesn’t mind if the effort kills him.

Camille Desmoulins is a young man of no fixed address. For some years he’s been obsessed by a married woman. But recently — he’s not sure how — he seems to have got engaged to her daughter. He had a perfectly good fiancée once before, until her family found out about his boyfriend. Now they pay him to stay away from home.

What is the French Revolution? A disaster, a dream, an opportunity? For these three men, it provides the only possible career. But in the spring of 1794 one of them will destroy the other two.

A Place of Greater Safety, Hilary Mantel’s first novel since her highly acclaimed Fludd, is an extraordinary tour de force. An historical novel that extends the boundaries of the genre, it is a story about the addictive delights of power — political power, sexual power — and the price that must be paid for it.”


Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVIII] 872 pages.
£44.00

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