Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Learn more Click Here Shop Kindle New Album - Foo Fighters Shop now Shop now



There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

on 16 April 2017
Heard this serialised on Radio 4's "Book at Bedtime" and it made for captivating listening. It's not as well known as some of Hilary Mantel's work but her ability to weave a subtly escalating horror story (and not a vampire in sight!!) makes this a really good read. Bought it for a friend for Christmas who was equally impressed.
0Comment| 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 21 June 2017
I thought this early work by Hilary Mantel did an excellent job of evoking the claustrophobic conditions for western women living in Saudi Arabia in the 80s. I wonder how much things have changed in the intervening period. I good, suspenseful, thriller and beautifully written.
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 15 August 2017
Apparently, HM wrote this based on her personal experience of living in Saudi early in her marriage . That experience is so evident in the writing - the relentless, wearing heat, dust and boredom and the fear of something not quite definable. It certainly wasn't a great advert for Jeddah! HM's books are notable for their 'dirtiness' - that is, there's no glossing over or glamourising anything. I loved how she portrayed the wife's feelings of going slightly stir crazy, more or less trapped as she was in their rather grim flat, yet with an interest in her neighbours and their way of life; setting that against the prejudices of other ex-pats, the antipathy and hostility of the authorities towards women, particularly Western women. It's a great read.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 28 March 2014
Well it's by Hilary Mantel, what else would you expect! I particularly love the way she conjures up what it's like to be a Western woman in the Middle East, and the aura of dark mystery that she is so good at.
0Comment| 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 16 August 2017
Not sure how Mantel kept the mystery going for the whole book but she did. Thoroughly enjoyed it and having never been to the kingdom found it an insightful perspective.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 5 June 2017
Fabulous book - beautifully written, sometimes agonisingly so. Humour, loneliness, flawed humans and spirits , tragedy, violence and above all, the ability of human nature to deal, if not always completely successfully, with everything thrown at it.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 25 May 2017
Well written and a good story. Mantel captures the claustrophobic atmosphere of life for women in Jeddah in the 1980s, with all the restrictions that are imposed by the religious and political regime.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 15 September 2017
Gripping from the first page it generates a chilling and mesmerising atmosphere as it takes you inside Frances's brain. Is she describing reality or her paranoid delusions? Both a superb work of fiction and a depressing account of an alien culture.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 15 June 2017
A believable account of ex-pat life in Saudi, well written as one would expect from this author
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 17 July 2017
Good insight to life in an middle Eastern country where women are definitely second class citizens.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Customers also viewed these items

£8.99

Need customer service? Click here