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Released September 3, 1998
ISBN 9781857028843

£150.00

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From the author of A Place of Greater Safety, winner of the 1992 Sunday Express Book of The Year Award, this new title is based on the true story of the 18th Century Irish giant, Charles O’Brien, who was exhibited in London and eventually dissected by the surgeon John Hunter.

O’Brien’s bones hang to this day in the Hunterian Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Field, despite O’Brien’s best endeavours to avoid such a fate.

Charles O’Brien, bard and giant. The cynical are moved by his flights of romance; the craven stirred by his tales of epic deeds. But what of his own story as he is led from Ireland to seek his fortune beyond the seas in England ?

The Surprising Irish Giant may be the sensation of the season but only his compatriots seem to attend to his mythic powers of invention.

A motley court surrounds him: slow witted Jankin; the thrusting Claffey brothers; sharp-tongued Bride Claskey, the procuress. None so low as Bitch Mary, and none so opportunistic as impressario Joe Vance, yet London shall make its mark on them all.

Just bodies. But even dead, London shall have them. John Hunter, celebrated surgeon and anatomist, buys dead men from the gallows and babies’ corpses by the inch. Where is a man to hide his bones when he is yet alive?

The Giant, O’Brien is an unforgettable novel; lyrical, shocking and spliced by black comedy.

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Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel is an English writer whose work includes historical fiction, personal memoirs and short stories.

She has twice been awarded the Booker Prize, the first time for the 2009 novel Wolf Hall, a fictional account of Thomas Cromwell's rise to power in the court of Henry VIII, and secondly for the 2012 novel Bring Up the Bodies, the second instalment of the Cromwell trilogy.

Mantel was the first woman to receive the award twice, following in the footsteps of J.M. Coetzee, Peter Carey, and J.G. Farrell (who posthumously won the Lost Man Booker Prize). The third instalment to the trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, was released on 5th March 2020 in the UK.

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