Cinderella in Autumn – Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel, winner of the 2009 Booker Prize for her novel Wolf Hall, has written a short story for the Guardian.  In it she explores what happens to Cinderella after her fairy tale marriage to Prince Charming.  The story takes place twenty years after the events of the original story and is filled with unexpected modern twists. Cinderella and the Prince have settled into a comfortable, romance free relationship – as Cinders says,  “…what do you expect if you marry a woman for her foot-size…” – and she has to contend with her aged family.  Extremely funny, Mantel’s take on the classic children’s story is well worth a read.

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