I never pictured myself falling in love with a group of French revolutionaries that have been dead for about 200 years, but I did. Hilary Mantel brings that period of French History and the men involved to life. Danton earned a particularly special place in my heart. What a life!— From Wendy
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.
Hilary Mantel is the two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize for her best-selling novels, Wolf Hall, and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies—an unprecedented achievement. The Royal Shakespeare Company adapted Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies for the stage to colossal critical acclaim, and the BBC/Masterpiece six-part adaption of the novels aired in 2015.
The author of fourteen books, she is currently at work on the third installment of the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy.
“Mantel's writing is so exact and brilliant that, in itself, it seems an act of survival, even redemption.” —Joan Acocella, The New Yorker
“More people really need to get with the concept that Mantel is one of the best writers in England.” —Zadie Smith, author of On Beauty
“Brilliant, edgy historical fiction that captures the whiplash flux of the French Revolution with crisp immediacy on the page.” —The Seattle Times
“An epic of extraordinary detail and depth . . . [it] moves beyond the realm of an absorbing yarn into the arena of a literary masterpiece.” —Booklist