Hilary Mantel admits shooting Thatcher
NOVELIST Hilary Mantel has confessed to the murder of Margaret Thatcher.The book contains a rifle that screws together
The writer admitted her short story The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher was inspired by actually carrying it out.
Mantel said: They covered it up at the time because they didnt want everyone knowing the security services had been outwitted by a middle-aged woman with eccentric hair.
I bought a big gun from the classified section of Mercenary Quarterly, rented a flat opposite the hospital then sat munching on Ginsters pasties until the Marge Simpson-esque silhouette of Thatchers head appeared in the window.
Mantel said she had since done a number of contract killings under the codename The Pine Marten.
Ive actually lost count of how many, after youve popped a few its just like having a cup of tea.
She added: I dont really care if they bang me up, at least in prison I could crack on with some books without getting harangued by infant-brained Daily Mail readers who need every last apostrophe explained to them.
Also I would totally run things in prison, because I am hardcore. Everyone would call me ‘Duchess’ and appease me with cigarettes.”