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Mary Gentle

(Mary Rosalyn Gentle)
UK flag (b.1956)

The author of A Secret History, Mary Gentle has written eight books that have won critical acclaim from science fiction and fantasy authors and critics alike. She's completed two Master degrees and is an expert sword-fighter. She resides in England

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror

Anthologies edited
   The Weerde Book 1 (1992) (with Neil Gaiman and Roz Kaveney)
Anthologies containing stories by Mary Gentle
Short stories
The Harvest of Wolves (1983)
The Pits Beneath the World (1983)
Human Waste (1994)

Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book nominee (1991) : Rats and Gargoyles
British Science Fiction Association Best Novel winner (2000) : A Secret History
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book nominee (2001) : A Secret History
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (2001) : Ash: A Secret History

Mary Gentle recommends
The Leaky Establishment (1984)
David Langford
"A comic novel with both verbal wit and comedy of situation, that owes something to the tradition of Tom Sharpe, and a great deal more to the Langfordian warped sense of humour. The Leaky Establishment has that quality belonging to genuine farce, best described as delighted frustration - frustration because Tappen is blocked at every turn, difficulty piled on impossibility, until it seems that the plot can never be resolved; and delight, because these impossibilities are comic, one has the immense and reprehensible satisfaction of seeing some other poor bugger in the mire."

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