A brilliant collection of short stories from the double Man Booker
Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Hilary
Mantel is one of Britain's most accomplished and acclaimed writers.
In these ten bracingly subversive tales, all her gifts of
characterisation and observation are fully engaged, summoning forth
the horrors so often concealed behind everyday facades. Childhood
cruelty is played out behind the bushes in 'Comma'; nurses clash in
'Harley Street' over something more than professional differences;
and in the title story, staying in for the plumber turns into an
ambiguous and potentially deadly waiting game. Whether set in a
claustrophobic Saudi Arabian flat or on a precarious mountain road
in Greece, these stories share an insight into the darkest recesses
of the spirit. Displaying all of Mantel's unmistakable style and
wit, they reveal a great writer at the peak of her powers.