Hilary Mantel | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Hilary Mantel.
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SOURCE: “Roasting Them,” in Times Literary Supplement, March 29, 1985, p. 341.

In the following review, Hawtree provides a favorable assessment of Every Day Is Mother's Day.

Evelyn leaned forward, her hands clasped together, her eyes closed, and scalding tears dropped from under her lids. Mrs Sidney watched them falling. Her heart hammered. Evelyn's mouth gaped open, and Mrs Sidney dug her nails into her palms, expecting Arthur's voice to come out. … “Mrs Sidney,” Evelyn said, “your husband Arthur is roasting in some unspeakable hell.”

By the mid-1970s in Hilary Mantel's first novel [Every Day Is Mother's Day] Evelyn Axon has long since abandoned her spiritualist sessions and her neighbour Mrs Sidney has been carted off to a home. The past lingers, though, to make the tangle of daily events a hell even for those characters whose houses “would soon be as warm as they could afford.”

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