As it happens, I have been looking at Daley without his clothes on. We meet one day in the gaps around his many fitness and training sessions, in a part of east London that isn’t far from his usual pool. Daley, who has neatly trimmed dark hair and a large five-ring tattoo on the inside of one arm, shakes my hand while wearing barely-there swimmies. I ask him when this started to feel normal, meeting new people while wearing just a few inches of shiny Lycra. As a rule, he says, strangers don’t tend to recognise him in clothes. “Sometimes they say, ‘Where do I know you from?’ And they run through the options. Actor. Singer. The penny drops when they think of me in my pants.” … [Read more...] about Tom Daley: ‘I’m only recognised when strangers think of me in my pants’
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Every Day Is Mother’s Day (1985) A controlling mother who communes with the spirits and her unmarried pregnant daughter lock horns in the suburbs. … [Read more...] about You’ve read the Thomas Cromwell novels – which Mantel work should you go to next?
A couple of years earlier Mantel had published a huge historical novel, A Place of Greater Safety, that now looks like invaluable groundwork for her Thomas Cromwell books, but at the time seemed out of the path of her other fiction. In fact, she had begun accumulating the material for this compendious, multi-viewpoint fictionalisation of the main events and actors of the French revolution soon after she left university in 1974. She had completed it by the end of the 1970s but did not return to the book until 1991, when she polished it for publication. Like Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies it begins with a descriptive list of the dramatis personae, declaring the same ambition to do justice to a vast sweep of events and real people. Also like the later novels, it focuses on the machinations of men of power and the threat and proximity of violence. Unlike them, A Place of Greater Safety has an omniscient narrator, willing to inform us of facts and motivations wherever necessary. You are … [Read more...] about The strange and brilliant fiction of Hilary Mantel
The cultural historian Alison Light has had the very good idea of turning this story inside out. She takes her cue from Woolf's much-noted remark of 1929: "If I were reading this diary ... I think I should seize with greed on the portrait of Nelly, & ... make the whole story revolve around that." Light is well-placed to turn this suggestion into a book. Her grandmother was in service, and she works within that school of British history dedicated to uncovering what Woolf called "the lives of the obscure". Fuelled with indignation at "the history of domination and servility in British cultural life", she sets out to speak for women servants, both as individuals and as representatives of a largely silenced social group - women who were both "everywhere and nowhere in history". … [Read more...] about ‘Mabel sweats when she is making jam’
Bring Up the Bodies is more condensed than Wolf Hall in that it charts the nine months of events in 1535 that lead to the execution of Anne Boleyn. It is one of the greatest, best-known stories in English history, yet Mantel "is able to bring it to life as though for the first time", Stothard said. … [Read more...] about Hilary Mantel wins Man Booker prize for second time