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Hilary Mantel's ability to bring characters to life is supreme. Unfolding the tragedies of human existence in a powerful way, this novel spans the awfulness of the years of early apartheid in South Africa, and returns from the vastness of the veld to parochial Norfolk. The people, the countryside, the tussle between love, betrayal, hope and loss are brilliantly explored in a novel I found hard to put down. An unforgettable tale, beautifully narrated and a fitting reading of the work of such a talented author.
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After thoroughly enjoying both "Wolf Hall" and "Bring up the Bodies" I was impatient for the publication of the promised sequel. In the meantime, I thought I would try Hilary Mantel's other works and started with "A Change in Climate".
I was not disappointed at all. This novel is as acutely observed as both of her prize winners. Mantel has captured an era and locations exquisitely. This haunting tale unfolds slowly and perfectly as does her insight into her characters and their development. They live on with me and I find myself wondering how they are getting on (daft I know, but this phenomenon often marks the quality of fictional characters who have really lived for me whilst I was reading or, in this case, listening).
I'm looking forward to meeting and gradually getting to know more people in other Hilary Mantel novels.
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I adore a number of Hilary Mantel's books - Wolf Hall, Bring up the Bodies, A Place of Greater Safety and her enchanting memoir Giving Up the Ghost - but some are like sucking lemons. A Change of Climate is one. The brisk remote tone and the story itself I found alienating and tiresome. There was nothing that persuaded me to keep with it: no fascinating, well developed characters, no intimacy. Brittle and dull.