Unearthly powers. Daniel Home claimed to be able to speak with spirits, move sofas about the room and levitate out of windows. But was he a genuine master of the black arts, or just a manipulative charlatan? Hilary Mantel on Victorian Britain's strangest
29 August 2005
Daniel Dunglas Home was "the most interesting person who ever lived", writes Peter Lamont of his subject. "He is more...
08 March 2004
This book is a memorial to the dead; Rebecca Brown is an American novelist, and here she gives an account of the death...
The real princess. Marie-Antoinette has been the subject of countless biographies, but none brings her to life more fully than Chantal Thomas's vivid historical novel. By Hilary Mantel
19 January 2004
Dead princesses are a thought- provoking topic, especially when the story that should end "she lived happily every...
Ghost writer. Compared to so many white male novelists with their vapid posturing, Toni Morrison has lost none of her power, argues Hilary Mantel
08 December 2003
Toni Morrison has said in interviews that readers sometimes ask her: "Why don't you write about white people?" You...
Although celebrity came to her only with age, Penelope Fitzgerald wrote beautifully about childhood - especially her own. Hilary Mantel remembers a greatly missed novelist and critic
03 November 2003
This is a book to remind us that art is long and life far too short; Penelope Fitzgerald died in 2000, and as readers...
07 July 2003
The other day, I bought a second-hand copy of Seven Types of Ambiguity. I'd never read this famous work of William...