More Mantel

More Mantel insights, ‘with each sentence you succeed and fail.’ ‘A half finished novel is no good.’

Last week in her Reith lecture, Hilary Mantel assured us the past was not as dirty or as smelly as we might think, and certainly not as noisy. This week she talked about the delicate balance between the inner and outer life,  balancing the passion for writing with actually living your life and the story of how  Stanislawa Przybyszewska, a Polish writer, put her writing before her life.

Hilary herself confessed that all to often she herself prioritised  her project too much over actually living. There was also an interesting answer about how a historian must select the truth, but not the whole truth,  otherwise it’s just  information.


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