This is award-winning novelist Hilary Mantel's uniquely unusual five-part autobiography.
Opening with 'A Second Home', in which Mantel describes the death of her stepfather, Giving Up the Ghosts is a wry, shocking and beautifully-written memoir of childhood, ghosts (real and metaphorical), illness and family. Finally, at the memoir's conclusion, Mantel explains how a series of medical misunderstandings and neglect left her childless, and how the ghosts of the unborn have come to haunt her life as a writer.
'A different kind of autobiography, a sort of time travel document that contains the stuff of tragedy recollected without self-pity.’ BERYL BAINBRIDGE for the GUARDIAN
'She is by turns facetious, matter-of-fact, visionary and comical but always totally riveting.' DAILY TELEGRAPH