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User Review  - Cariola - LibraryThing

Mantel's memoir focuses on three main aspects of her life: her dysfunctional family, her relationship to Catholicism, and her ongoing health issues. She, her parents, and her two younger brothers ... Read full review

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

This brief but moving memoir is difficult to write about, because one starts thinking Mantel is writing about her experiences with the supernatural, but its concluding pages are very personal. It took courage to write this, and considerable effort . Read full review

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User Review  - elsyd - LibraryThing

This book is truly a Gem! As a person who can remember my own past from an age before I could talk, I could totally relate to the child, Hilary. Also, having raised a precocious child, I could so see ... Read full review

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User Review  - linda.lappin - LibraryThing

There is no self-pity in this memoir, which is poignant, unexpectedly funny at times. If anything there is too much self-control, and even minute traces of self-loathing. In handling the sections of ... Read full review

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User Review  - SandDune - LibraryThing

This short memoir by Hilary Mantel focuses on two main aspects of her life: her somewhat difficult childhood and her long periods of (misdiagnosed) ill-health. Of the two, it was the first that I ... Read full review

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User Review  - bhowell - LibraryThing

I read almost half of this book in a used book store so had to buy it. I found it fascinating and finished it that evening. Ms. Mantel's powerful intellect sustained her through a difficult childhood and an adulthood blighted by ill health. Read full review

Giving up the ghost: (a memoir)

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

In this memoir, Mantel (A Change of Climate) provokes myriad emotions in readers as she tells of her life growing up in England after World War II. Her early years revolved around her mother, various ... Read full review

Review: Giving Up the Ghost: A Memoir

User Review  - AMAMAM - Goodreads

Mantel is clearly a talented writer and she understands the Reader/Writer relationship better than most. Unfortunately I was not interested in her life story -- especially not her childhood, which lagged on for half of this book. I'm assuming her novels are better than her memoir. Read full review


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