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Short story: Offences Against the Person

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© james albon

Hilary Mantel is the only British novelist to have won the Man Booker Prize twice. Her latest book is The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories. “I like short stories in the first person because it allows you to write (and read) a whole life by a flash of lightning,” says Mantel. “Vicky, the narrator of this story, has potential. Her story is skewered to time and place, but I wonder if she might escape 1970s Manchester and wreak havoc on a larger scale.”


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