A Place of Greater Safety
|Published||2006 (Viking Press)|
A Place of Greater Safety is a 1992 novel by Hilary Mantel. It concerns the events of the French Revolution, focusing on the lives of Georges Danton, Camille Desmoulins, and Maximilien Robespierre from their childhood through the execution of the Dantonists, and also featuring hundreds of other historical figures.
Mantel explains that, where possible, she used the historical figures' own words, from their speeches or writings.
A Place of Greater Safety won the Sunday Express Book of the Year award.
The New York Times praised Mantel, but not the book, wondering if "more novel and less history might not better suit this author's unmistakable talent." Another reviewer praised the book saying "the dialogue is unfailingly witty, increasingly desperate, and never predictable."
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