Jacket for 'The Giant, O’Brien'


UK - Fourth Estate
US - Henry Holt

The Giant, O’Brien

By Hilary Mantel

Published Jan 2010

London, 1782: centre of science and commerce, home to the newly rich and desperately poor. Among whom is the Giant, O’Brien, a freak of nature, a man of story and song who trusts in the old myths. He has come from Ireland to exhibit his size for money. He has, he soon discovers, come to die. His opposite is a man of science, the famed anatomist John Hunter. Hunter lusts after the Giant’s coprse, a medical curiosity, a boon to the advancement of scientific knowledge.