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Beyond Black

(2005)
A novel by

 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)

"One of the greatest ghost stories in the language."
Philip Pullman


The much anticipated novel from the critically acclaimed author of Giving Up the Ghost and A Place of Greater Safety. There's something nasty at the heart of Britain. The earth is poisoned: radioactive waste is washing into the water supply, and Japanese knotweed is choking the grasslands. Ghastly housing estates are proliferating across the Home Counties and terrorists are hiding in the ditches. This is Britain at the end of the last century and at the birth of the new. Alison knows what is coming. She foresees the death of Princess Diana (an annoying presence who is just as confused on the other side as she was on this). Alison foresees the coming down of the twin towers. Alison Hart is a medium by trade: dead people talk to her and she talks back. With her flat-eyed, flint-hearted sidekick, Colette, she tours the dormitory towns of London's orbital road, passing on messages from dead ancestors: 'Granny says she likes your new kitchen units.' But there are messages that Alison must keep to herself. Alison's ability to communicate with spirits is a torment rather than a gift. Behind her plump, smiling and bland persona is a desperate woman. She knows the next life holds terrors that she must conceal from her clients. Her days and nights are haunted by the men she knew in her childhood, the thugs and petty criminals who preyed upon her hopeless, addled mother. As the spirits become stronger and nastier it becomes clearer that there are terrible secrets about to be revealed. Who is Alison? Why is she so keen to perform a good deed in a desperate world? What terrible thing was it that she did as a child? Why is she drawn to the cutlery drawer even now? This is Hilary Mantel's tenth novel and her first for six years. Beyond Black is an hilarious and deeply sinister story of dark secrets and dark forces, set in an England that jumps at its own shadow, a country whose banal self-absorption is shot through by fear of the coming, engulfing blackness.

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Used availability for Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black


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Hardback Editions

May 2005 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Beyond Black: A Novel (John MacRae Books)
Author(s): Hilary Mantel
ISBN: 0-8050-7356-6 / 978-0-8050-7356-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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May 2005 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Beyond Black
Author(s): Hilary Mantel
ISBN: 0-00-715775-4 / 978-0-00-715775-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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Paperback Editions

December 2010 : Canada Paperback
thumbTitle: Beyond Black
Author(s): Hilary Mantel
ISBN: 1-55468-897-3 / 978-1-55468-897-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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2005 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Beyond Black
Author(s): Hilary Mantel
ISBN: 0-00-715776-2 / 978-0-00-715776-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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February 2008 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Beyond Black (The Perennial Collection)
Author(s): Hilary Mantel
ISBN: 0-00-726837-8 / 978-0-00-726837-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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April 2006 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Beyond Black: A Novel
Author(s): Hilary Mantel
ISBN: 0-312-42605-4 / 978-0-312-42605-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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July 2005 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Beyond Black
Author(s): Hilary Mantel
ISBN: 0-00-720731-X / 978-0-00-720731-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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Audio Editions

May 2014 : UK MP3 CD
Title: Beyond Black
Author(s): Hilary Mantel
ISBN: 1-4450-4033-6 / 978-1-4450-4033-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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December 2013 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Beyond Black
Author(s): Hilary Mantel
Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd
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December 2013 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Beyond Black
Author(s): Hilary Mantel
Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd
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June 2006 : UK Audio CD
Title: Beyond Black
Author(s): Hilary Mantel
ISBN: 0-7531-2560-9 / 978-0-7531-2560-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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January 2006 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Beyond Black
Author(s): Hilary Mantel
ISBN: 0-7531-3510-8 / 978-0-7531-3510-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

December 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Beyond Black
Author(s): Hilary Mantel
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon CA   

December 2009 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Beyond Black (The Perennial Collection)
Author(s): Hilary Mantel
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon UK   

April 2006 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Beyond Black: A Novel
Author(s): Hilary Mantel
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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