From the author of the Man Booker prize-winners ‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring Up the Bodies’ comes a story of suburban mayhem and merciless, hilarious revenge. Barricaded inside their house filled with festering rubbish, unhealthy smells and their secrets, the Axon family baffle Isabel Field, the latest in a long line of social workers. Isabel has other problems too: a randy, untrustworthy father and a slackly romantic lover, Colin Sidney, history teacher to unresponsive yobs and father of a parcel of horrible children. With all this to worry about, how can Isabel begin to understand what is going on in the Axon household?
‘Strange…rather mad…extremely funny…she reminded me of the early Muriel Spark’ Auberon Waugh ‘Abrasive and amusing…crisp and intelligent’ Barbara Trapido ‘What a terrific book’ Fay Weldon
Hilary Mantel is one of Britain’s most accomplished, acclaimed and garlanded writers. Sir Peter Stothard, Chair of the judges for the Man Booker Prize 2012, hailed her as ‘the greatest modern English prose writer’. She is the author of thirteen books, including ‘A Place of Greater Safety’, ‘Beyond Black’, and the memoir ‘Giving Up the Ghost’. Her two most recent novels, ‘Wolf Hall’ and its sequel ‘Bring Up the Bodies’ have both been awarded The Man Booker Prize. In 2014 she was made a Dame.