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Vacant Possession Audiobook

Vacant Possession

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Publisher's Summary

From the double Man Booker Prize-winner, a savagely funny tale that revisits the characters from the much-loved Every Day is Mother’s Day.

Muriel Axon is about to re-enter the lives of Colin Sidney and Isabel Field. It is 10 years since her last tangle with them, but for Muriel this is not time enough. There are still scores to be settled, truths to be faced and vengeance to be wreaked.

©1986 Hilary Mantel (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"The macabre and wonderfully funny plot has as many twists and turns as a well-made thriller" (Standard)
"Hilary Mantel's wit is wonderful and startlingly nasty" (Sunday Times)

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    Nienke Lucas 06/03/2015
    Nienke Lucas 06/03/2015
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    "Not that funny, really"

    It was a fairly well told story and I got an occasional giggle, but I was left feeling sad and disconcerted at the end. Would not describe it as black humour. Nothing funny about the situation, particularly at the end. I'm still tossing up whether I liked it or I hated it ...

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  • l m kasim
    19/02/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Excellent story didn't want it to end.
    Funny & dark
    Couldn't put it down and can't wait for no.3. To come

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • DAVID
    Taunton, United Kingdom
    3/12/15
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    "A black comical sequel to peculiar opener"
    If you could sum up Vacant Possession in three words, what would they be?

    I disagree with the previous review which suggested the ending ruined the whole tale: the ending leaves the dangling threads exactly where they should be - outrageously weird - it's the denouement of a layered and blackly hilarious sequel.Complex. Witty. Clever.A wonderful turn of phrase - I wish I had it in print so that I could more easily reread & savour some of those pithy, crafted sentences.Bravo.A gem.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Susan A.
    10/04/15
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    "Fabulous follow up but disappointing ending"

    Great following on from Every Day is Mother's Day, but was left very disappointed by the ending. It has almost made me wish I hadn't invested the time and emotional energy into listening to the two books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mommiecat
    20/02/16
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    "A depressing story"

    Although well written, I would not have chosen this had I known what a bleak storyline was about to unfold. Mental illness abounds in almost every character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • anthony
    13/02/16
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    "Highly enjoyable"
    If you could sum up Vacant Possession in three words, what would they be?

    Black macabre amusing


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable sequal - to every day is Mother's Day - digging deep into the horrors of suburbia
    Sandra Duncan adds depth to the characters really helping to visualise their characters - excellent pace and tone

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