"Good taste is for people who write about fish forks and napkin rings – it is not the purview of novelists. We want, and need our fiction, to shock us out of the everyday. Stories that stem from reality, a glimpse of a woman from a window, are the most unsettling of all. The crime is that Lord Bell, and the great enraged, don’t get that. Thought is not, as yet, a crime."
Damian Barr on the ridiculous furore over the publication of Hilary Mantel's short story 'The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher - August 6th 1983', which prompted Lord Bell to demand a police investigation and Stephen Glover to start foaming at the mouth in a manner befitting a Daily Heil columnist.