1 thought on “Ink In The Blood: A Hospital Diary

  1. For all those American readers who cannot get this book (only available as a Kindle e-book from amazon)You can read it free online from the London Review of Books:lrb/v32/n21/hilary-mMantel originally wrote this long essay/memoir about her surgery in 2010, for the LRB. It was then published as the e-book; ironic since she is not a fan of e-books (though she has recently said she is trying them as a way of being able to read whilst traveling)."Ink in the Blood" was also published--in a slightly r [...]

  2. 'This title is not available for customers from: United States(change region)'OH FOR GODSAKES. LOOK, I WANT TO GIVE YOU MY MONEY. The fuck!

  3. I downloaded this onto my Kindle out of curiousity as I absolutely loved Wolf Hall and was keen to seek out other writing by Hilary Mantel but don't quite have the time for a full novel at the moment.This is an extended diary entry reflecting on her experience of having and recovering from surgery so really couldn't be any more different in topic, tone and style to Wolf Hall. Still, I thought it was wonderfully written and extremely evocative of the various stages of illness and healing and the [...]

  4. Brilliantly written and a moving account of illness and being in hospital. I would be interested in reading more by Mantel in 2018.

  5. A short diary by Hilary Mantel post surgery . her insides got stuck to each others as a result of a previous procedure decades ago. glimpse of the hospital environment. A private clinic off the motorway. A patient who is a writer who lost her dignity in the environment. How would she face it ? Would she read books or just lament the austere walls of her private room ?

  6. Barely a book, more a few pages from a diary, but interesting all the same.I was particularly taken with two aspects:1) where she fixed a problem she'd had with the idea for "The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher" and2) where to keep herself calm, she "wrote" mental stories, using stereotypical characters, simply to keep her mind fully occupied.

  7. Some may find Hilary Mantel's tongue-in-cheek upbraiding of Virginia Woolf as a "wuss" for her own memoirs in times of sickness (rather an apples and pears comparison of Mantel's major op and complications versus Woolf's ongoing anguish of mental illness) but there's much to treasure in this essay. Honesty and acute observation combine to show us another side of Mantel from her fiction writing and well worth a read.

  8. For a limited audience perhaps, but loved it as one of Mantel's fans. I just endured major surgery of my own and was primed to read this, thank you to reader Erica-Lynn who posted a link to the London review of Books or I'd be out of luck! Essay length, don't bother trying to hunt it down in a store (you won't find it), but its worth the time spent reading it, and I'm glad Ms. Mantel survived her ordeal to go on to write future novels.

  9. Barely surviving this lengthy and excruciating recovery from surgery, Mantel cannot cease from writing brilliantly. Along the way she mocks Virginia Woolf as knowing nothing of suffering (actually using the word "wuss"); and reveals that in a gesture hoping to tame her demons, all Woolf''s teeth were extracted. Interesting. Mantel should know that there is no way of comparing mental to physical pain.

  10. As an RN and as a patient who has had surgery, I'd say she's spot on with her diary. The hallucinations were likely from her pain management (most likely opioids), which doesn't make them any less real. The bits about the staff and their treatment (good and bad) of her is also spot on. This should be required reading in any medical or nursing school.

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