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Best gifts, worst gifts: Hilary Mantel’s pen

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Hilary Mantel

When I was married I was given a pair of exquisitely embroidered Irish linen sheets, a nightmare high-maintenance gift. It took two hours to iron them. It’s been 39 years and I still think of them with hatred. I hope the best things I’ve given were book dedications to family and friends. Maybe the best gift I’ve received was a gold Cartier pen which my husband gave me, as an act of faith, after my first book was accepted.

Jim O’Neill

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