Interview with Hilary Mantel 'What's Happening in Britain at the Moment Is Really Ugly'

Hilary Mantel's historical novels are celebrated in Britain, but her critiques of the establishment are widely feared. In a SPIEGEL interview, she says her country is retreating into insularity and to attitudes prevalent in Victorian times.
Author Hilary Mantel on Thatcher's handbag: "She whirled it around like an outboard vagina."

Author Hilary Mantel on Thatcher's handbag: "She whirled it around like an outboard vagina."

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