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Greater Minds: Hilary Mantel on the life and project

Shortly before her death, Susan Sontag said ‘that somewhere along the line, one has to choose between the Life and the Project’. Hilary Mantel quoted her in the third of this year’s Reith lectures, while she was talking about the

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Greater Minds: Hilary Mantel on adapting the past

The Reith Lectures are an annual pleasure from the BBC to the world. Every year, a prominent speaker gives a series of lectures on a subject close to their heart, followed by questions from an audience that usually includes some

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Greater Minds: When writers wrote their writing tips

Elmore Leonard’s ten rules of writing are widely quoted. In 2010, 28 other authors offered their own rules for the Guardian. The value of technical rules depends on whether you’re trying to do what the rulemaker does. There are some

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Greater Minds: Hilary Mantel takes a potshot at Margaret Thatcher

In 1983, Hilary Mantel watched Margaret Thatcher leave a hospital. In 2014, Mantel wrote the short story, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher. Mantel’s story re-ignited the controversy that still surrounds Thatcher’s legacy. Mantel asked whether keeping on the right side

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