AUTHOR: Hilary Mantel
PUBLISHER: Penguin
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 1992
PAGES: 872
ISBN:
9780140171037

A Place of Greater Safety

by Hilary Mantel

The story of three young provincials of no great heritage who together helped to destroy a way of life and, in the process, destroyed themselves: Camille Desmoulins, bisexual and beautiful, charming, erratic, untrustworthy; Georges Jacques Danton, hugely but erotically ugly, a brilliant pragmatist who knew how to seize power and use it; and Maximilien Robespierre, “the rabid lamb,” who would send his dearest friend to the guillotine. Each, none older than thirty-four, would die by the hand of the very revolution he had helped to bring into being.

INCLUSION CRITERIA

A main character (Camille Desmoulins) is attracted to people of multiple genders. Camille is described in the publisher’s copy as “bisexual and beautiful”.

QUOTES

“When it was time to write, and he took his pen in his hand, he never thought of consequences; he thought of style. I wonder why I ever bothered with sex, he thought; there’s nothing in this breathing world so gratifying as an artfully placed semicolon.”
― Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety

“He saw that it was the gaps that were important, the spaces between the threads which made the pattern, and not the threads themselves.”
― Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety

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