The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories by Hilary Mantel

bookshelves: winter-20142015, published-2014, radio-4, shortstory-shortstories-novellas

Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from December 13, 2014 to January 10, 2015

Thatcher ‘murder’ is BBC’s Book at Bedtime: Radio 4 ignores protests to give Hilary Mantel’s ‘sick and perverted’ fantasy a coveted broadcast slot.: The BBC provoked fury last night over its plans to broadcast a ‘sick’ story by bestselling author Hilary Mantel (main picture) that imagines the assassination of Margaret Thatcher. It has emerged that Radio 4 has selected the story, called The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher (bottom right), for its prestigious Book At Bedtime slot – sparking a furious backlash. Ms Mantel’s story depicts the callous murder of the former Prime Minister (bottom left) by an IRA gunman and was inspired by the author’s own fantasy about assassinating Lady Thatcher, who she admits to ‘detesting’.

Offences against the Person: 1/5 In a Manchester solicitor’s office, the consequences of an illicit affair play out.

Sorry to Disturb, Part One: 2/5 Isolated in a claustrophobic flat in Jeddah, life is set to change when the doorbell rings.

Sorry to Disturb, Part Two: 3/5 In a flat in Jeddah, feelings of unease and cultural disconnect come to a head.

4/5 Two little girls spend a long hot summer dying to discover a neighbour’s secret.

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: 5/5 A knock at the door announces an unexpected visitor.


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