A Place of Greater Safety

A Place of Greater Safety

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By (author) Hilary Mantel

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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 749 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 38mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 14 November 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312426399
  • ISBN 13: 9780312426392
  • Sales rank: 52,536

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It is 1789, and three young provincials have come to Paris to make their way. Georges-Jacques Danton, an ambitious young lawyer, is energetic, pragmatic, debt-ridden--and hugely but erotically ugly. Maximilien Robespierre, also a lawyer, is slight, diligent, and terrified of violence. His dearest friend, Camille Desmoulins, is a conspirator and pamphleteer of genius. A charming gadfly, erratic and untrustworthy, bisexual and beautiful, Camille is obsessed by one woman and engaged to marry another, her daughter. In the swells of revolution, they each taste the addictive delights of power, and the price that must be paid for it.

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Author information

Hilary Mantel is the bestselling author of many novels including "Wolf Hall," which won the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. "Bring Up the Bodies," Book Two of the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy, was also awarded the Man Booker Prize and the Costa Book Award. She is also the author of "A Change of Climate," "A Place of Greater Safety," "Eight Months on Ghazzah Street," "An Experiment in Love," "The Giant, O'Brien," "Fludd," "Beyond Black," "Every Day Is Mother's Day," and "Vacant Possession." She has also written a memoir, "Giving Up the Ghost." Mantel was the winner of the Hawthornden Prize, and her reviews and essays have appeared in "The New York Times," "The New York Review of Books," and the "London Review of Books." She lives in England with her husband.

Review quote

"Brilliant, edgy historical fiction that catches the jittery, violent flux of the French Revolution."--Michael Upchurch, "Chicago Tribune"Riveting historical novel"--"The New Yorker