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Ink in the Blood: A Hospital Diary by [Mantel, Hilary]
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Ink in the Blood: A Hospital Diary Kindle Edition

3.7 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 134 KB
  • Print Length: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (15 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GJXQ0C
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,600 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Excellent stuff from Hilary Mantel, an ebook only publication so just right for the new Kindle, it had echoes of Beyond Black as she tells the story of a traumatic hospital stay full of horror and hallucinations.Sadly, a real experience. I am so glad that the success of Wolf Hall has allowed her to buy the flat overlooking the sea that she always wanted.
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By lilysmum VINE VOICE on 8 Sept. 2011
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This diary of a hospital stay is just gripping. I devoured it in one sitting. It's not long enough. If you have had a recent stay in hospital or you want to know how it feels, this is the one for you.
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It is not often that I read something twice but this was so enjoyable that I had to. Regrettably, apparently only available on Kindle because it should be read by every hospital employee.
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Hilary Mantel's beautifully-written approximately 5,300-word account of life as a patient and the uncivil misbehaviour sometimes visited upon us by our own mutinous bodies is alternately honest, touching, hilarious and defiant. An excellent read.
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My wife spent 6 weeks in hospital in the summer undergoing 2 major abdominal ops and Ms Mantel describes exactly what my wife experienced right down to the "it may be new to you but we do this several times each day"
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Some may find Hilary Mantel's tongue-in-cheek upbraiding of Virginia Woolf as a "wuss" for her own memoirs in times of sickness (rather an apples and pears comparison of Mantel's major op and complications versus Woolf's ongoing anguish of mental illness) but there's much to treasure in this essay. Honesty and acute observation combine to show us another side of Mantel from her fiction writing and well worth a read.
As Mantel puts it:
"I kept trying to rearrange my life so that illness was only a feature of it, and not the whole, but illness insists on its pre-eminence."
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This was excellent. Mantel writes so evocatively of her stay in hospital that at times it was raised to the level of poetry. Full of wisdom and her trademark dry, dark humour.
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Hilary Mantel has the enviable ability to express herself with clarity and humour, even when recounting what must have been a frightening and painful experience.

Her matter of fact approach to the situation she describes makes one think that she has a core of steel, cocooned within layers of wit, courage and humility.

A wonderfully frank and candid insight.
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