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Susan Hill (1) (1942–)

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Susan Hill was born in Scarborough, United Kingdom on February 5, 1942. She received a degree in English from King's College in London in 1963. Her first book, The Enclosure, was published during her first year at university. She worked as a freelance journalist between 1963 and 1968 and has been a mostra altro monthly columnist for the Daily Telegraph since 1977. She founded her own publishing company, Long Barn Books, in 1996 and publishes a literary magazine called Books and Company. She has written works of fiction and non-fiction as well as children's books. She also edits short story compilations. Her works include Gentleman and Ladies, A Change for the Better, The Woman in Black, The Mist in the Mirror, and the Simon Serrailler Crime Novel series. She has won numerous awards including a Somerset Maugham Award for I'm the King of the Castle, the Whitbread Novel Award for The Bird of Night, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for The Albatross, and the Smarties Prize for Can It Be True? (Bowker Author Biography) mostra meno


Opere di Susan Hill

La donna in nero (1983) 2,713 copie
Omicidi sulla collina (2004) 1,357 copie
Howards End is on the Landing (2009) 1,135 copie
La signora De Winter (1993) 864 copie
The Pure in Heart (2005) 731 copie
The Man in the Picture (2007) 651 copie
The Risk of Darkness (2006) 651 copie
The Small Hand (2010) 583 copie
The Vows of Silence (2008) 538 copie
I'm the King of the Castle (1970) 515 copie
The Mist in the Mirror (1992) 498 copie
The Shadows in the Street (2010) 472 copie
The Betrayal of Trust (2012) 446 copie
A Question of Identity (2012) 374 copie
Strange Meeting (1971) 354 copie
The Soul of Discretion (2015) 297 copie
Dolly (2012) 221 copie
The Comforts of Home (2018) 205 copie
The Beacon (2008) 189 copie
The Benefit of Hindsight (2019) 154 copie
The Bird of Night (1972) 138 copie
The Random House Book of Ghost Stories (1991) — Editor/Contributor — 135 copie
The Small Hand & Dolly (2010) 133 copie
Air and Angels (1991) 124 copie
Printer's Devil Court (2014) 122 copie
A Change of Circumstance (2021) 107 copie
A Kind Man (2011) 103 copie
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — A cura di — 100 copie
Go Away, Bad Dreams (1985) 81 copie
The Service of Clouds (1600) 79 copie
The Albatross (1971) 70 copie
The Battle for Gullywith (2008) 64 copie
A Breach of Security (2014) 62 copie
Lanterns Across the Snow (1987) 59 copie
A Change for the Better (1969) 45 copie
The Glass Angels (1991) 45 copie
Black Sheep (2013) 45 copie
Gentleman and Ladies (1968) 43 copie
Can It Be True? (1988) 39 copie
From the Heart (2017) 32 copie
Beware Beware (1993) 32 copie
King of Kings (1993) 31 copie
Through the Garden Gate (1986) 31 copie
Hunger (2013) 27 copie
Hero (2016) 26 copie
Backyard Bedtime (2001) 22 copie
The Christmas Collection (1994) 21 copie
Family (1990) 21 copie
Shakespeare Country (1987) 19 copie
Crystal (2012) 16 copie
Ghost Stories (1983) 16 copie
The Woman in Black (1990) 14 copie
The Best of Books and Company (2010) — A cura di — 13 copie
One Night at a Time (1984) 8 copie
Mother's Magic (1986) 6 copie
Irish Twins (2014) 5 copie
Old Haunts (2018) 5 copie
Septimus Honeydew (1990) 3 copie
People: Essays & Poems (1983) 3 copie
Reader, I Married Him (2016) 2 copie
The Sound of Footsteps (2023) 2 copie
Kobieta w czerni. Raczka (2021) 2 copie
The enclosure 2 copie
Pirate Poll (1992) 1 copia
The custodian 1 copia
New Stories 5: An Arts Council Anthology (1980) — A cura di — 1 copia
THE STAR DREAMER 2019 (2019) 1 copia
Books and Company Issue 1 — A cura di — 1 copia
Books and Company Issue 4 — A cura di — 1 copia
Books and Company Issue 3 — A cura di — 1 copia

Opere correlate

The Library Book (2012) — Collaboratore — 398 copie
Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre (2016) — Collaboratore — 301 copie
The Far Cry (1949) — Postfazione, alcune edizioni177 copie
Counting My Chickens . . .: And Other Home Thoughts (2001) — A cura di — 157 copie
The Woman in Black [2012 film] (2013) — Original book — 128 copie
Is Anyone There? (1978) — Collaboratore — 27 copie
Tale of an Empty House and Other Ghost Stories (1986) — Introduzione — 22 copie
The Woman in Black [1989 TV movie] (1993) — Original book — 15 copie


Informazioni generali



BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE JANUARY - HILL AND UNSWORTH in 75 Books Challenge for 2016 (Febbraio 2016)


The Woman in Black is a ghost story which tells the tale of Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer from London who is sent to the countryside to go through the papers in the house of the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow. The story is told by an older Arthur, who believes by recounting his tale of horror, that he will be freed from its burden.

I had a lot of problems with this book. First of all, the story really drags on. It probably did not need to go for the 160-odd pages of which it consists – especially since I know you can tell very terrifying stories in half, or less than half that many pages, (see H.P. Lovecraft). But The Woman in Black does drag on. You're constantly being built up to something scary that's about to happen... and when the "scary" thing happens, you're left wondering, "Wait, am I supposed to be scared right now?" Truly, the parts that were supposed to be scary didn't even get a rise out of me. Ooooh something bumped.... Should I have chills right now...? The other aspect that I didn't like was that you're constantly being reminded that Arthur is a logical, scientific London gentlemen who isn't given to country superstitions and the idea of ghosts. This reminder happens every few pages. We get it. Sadly, The Woman in Black ends up being just another run-of-the-mill ghost story. Not a lot of originality is in play.

What I did appreciate about Ms. Hill's writing, is that she at least has a fantastic descriptive style. She really knows how to set the mood. You can definitely feel and smell the sea fog rolling it. You can imagine yourself in the muddy, dank marshes on an early winter day. It's these instances of her writing that make the novel mildly enjoyable. It's honestly a shame that you don't get the effects of the horror that the novel promises.
Overall, I will probably give Susan Hill's other stories a try, but if I want to be scared... I think I'll stick to Lovecraft, August Derleth, or Stephen King.
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escapinginpaper | 235 altre recensioni | May 18, 2024 |
Love this book - do I dare stop buying and checking out books and read my own? That is what she did! Her British literary sensibilites are also very appealing to me. And of course, I found another dozen or more titles to seek out.
featherbooks | 79 altre recensioni | May 7, 2024 |
Classic ghost stories, so classic that they trespass into clichéed territory. There are uneasiness and creepiness at moments, but the overall narrative does not keep together. Plus, characters' reactions in front of the supernatural are not convincing at all. It's a pity, because there are glimpses of good psychological insight hinting at a narrator with some potential. Being this valid for all four stories, I am not sure whether I should give this writer a second chance.
Anecdotal: the evil grandmother seems pretty much molded on my own maternal grandmother. Even as an atheist with much respect for the gray areas in ethical matters, "evil" has always been the only word seemingly fit to describe her. Luckily enough, she was also too self-centred to even think of doing what the satanic granny does in the end of the short story...… (altro)
Elanna76 | 12 altre recensioni | May 2, 2024 |
The Pure in Heart is the second of Susan Hill's series featuring DCI Simon Serrailler. However, this is not a police procedural. It's a complex psychological drama cleverly supported by the framework of one.

Hill's characters are fully-formed humans, even those who only make a brief appearance. The DCI is grieving the brutal death of a colleague and potential love interest, Freya Graffham, which happened at the end of the previous novel, The Various Haunts of Men. He's worried about his profoundly disabled younger sister, at odds with his bullying father over Martha as with everything else. His other sister and best friend Cat Deerbon is days away from giving birth. Then a nine-year-old boy goes missing and despite all the efforts of Lafferton CID, no solid leads appear. Young DS Nathan Coates, who's worked hard to get away from Dulcie Housing Estate, and the rest of his colleagues exhaust themselves as they confront the reality that David is, in all probability, dead. Meanwhile, twenty-something Andy Gunton is released from prison, headed back to Dulcie, vowing never again to be behind bars. But his sister doesn't really want him around, his parole officer might as well be from another planet and his past seems determined to catch up with him.

David's family implodes following his disappearance. Simon and Cat's mother is hiding a terrible secret, and Simon's occasional lover, the smart, scented, successful red-haired Diana, is intruding into his private space, desperate with love that he cannot reciprocate.

The Pure in Heart has left me wanting much more from these characters.
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punkinmuffin | 35 altre recensioni | Apr 30, 2024 |


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