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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 vis mere 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) vis mindre


Værker af Susan Hill

Kvinden i sort (1983) 2,714 eksemplarer
Mørket i et hjerte (2004) 1,357 eksemplarer
Howards End is on the Landing (2009) 1,135 eksemplarer
The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story (2002) 896 eksemplarer
Mrs. de Winter (1993) 864 eksemplarer
De rene af hjertet (2005) 730 eksemplarer
The Man in the Picture (2007) 651 eksemplarer
Mørkets fare (2006) 651 eksemplarer
The Small Hand (2010) 583 eksemplarer
The Vows of Silence (2008) 538 eksemplarer
I'm the King of the Castle (1970) 515 eksemplarer
The Mist in the Mirror (1992) 498 eksemplarer
The Shadows in the Street (2010) 472 eksemplarer
The Betrayal of Trust (2012) 446 eksemplarer
A Question of Identity (2012) 374 eksemplarer
Strange Meeting (1971) 354 eksemplarer
The Soul of Discretion (2015) 297 eksemplarer
Dolly (2012) 221 eksemplarer
The Comforts of Home (2018) 205 eksemplarer
The Beacon (2008) 189 eksemplarer
In the Springtime of the Year (1973) 172 eksemplarer
The Benefit of Hindsight (2019) 154 eksemplarer
The Bird of Night (1972) 138 eksemplarer
The Random House Book of Ghost Stories (1991) — Editor/Contributor — 135 eksemplarer
The Magic Apple Tree: A Country Year (1982) 134 eksemplarer
The Small Hand & Dolly (2010) 133 eksemplarer
Air and Angels (1991) 124 eksemplarer
Printer's Devil Court (2014) 122 eksemplarer
A Change of Circumstance (2021) 107 eksemplarer
A Kind Man (2011) 103 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Redaktør — 100 eksemplarer
A Bit of Singing and Dancing (1600) 84 eksemplarer
Go Away, Bad Dreams (1985) 81 eksemplarer
The Service of Clouds (1600) 79 eksemplarer
The Albatross (1971) 70 eksemplarer
Through the Kitchen Window (1980) 65 eksemplarer
The Battle for Gullywith (2008) 64 eksemplarer
A Breach of Security (2014) 62 eksemplarer
Lanterns Across the Snow (1987) 59 eksemplarer
A Change for the Better (1969) 45 eksemplarer
The Glass Angels (1991) 45 eksemplarer
Black Sheep (2013) 45 eksemplarer
Gentleman and Ladies (1968) 43 eksemplarer
Can It Be True? (1988) 39 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Contemporary Women's Short Stories (1995) — Redaktør — 38 eksemplarer
From the Heart (2017) 32 eksemplarer
Beware Beware (1993) 32 eksemplarer
King of Kings (1993) 31 eksemplarer
Through the Garden Gate (1986) 31 eksemplarer
The Spirit of the Cotswolds (1750) 29 eksemplarer
Hunger (2013) 27 eksemplarer
The Second Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1997) — Redaktør — 27 eksemplarer
Hero (2016) 26 eksemplarer
Backyard Bedtime (2001) 22 eksemplarer
The Christmas Collection (1994) 21 eksemplarer
Family (1990) 21 eksemplarer
Shakespeare Country (1987) 19 eksemplarer
Woman in Black (Macmillan Readers) (2005) 18 eksemplarer
Farthing House: And Other Stories (2006) 16 eksemplarer
Crystal (2012) 16 eksemplarer
Ghost Stories (1983) 16 eksemplarer
The Woman in Black (1990) 14 eksemplarer
The Best of Books and Company (2010) — Redaktør — 13 eksemplarer
Friends Next Door (Racers) (1992) 13 eksemplarer
Revenge (Simon Serrailler) (2019) 10 eksemplarer
Reflections from a Garden (1995) 8 eksemplarer
One Night at a Time (1984) 8 eksemplarer
Mother's Magic (1986) 6 eksemplarer
Tres historias de fantasmas (1900) 5 eksemplarer
Irish Twins (2014) 5 eksemplarer
Old Haunts (2018) 5 eksemplarer
The Lighting of the Lamps (1987) 4 eksemplarer
Septimus Honeydew (1990) 3 eksemplarer
People: Essays & Poems (1983) 3 eksemplarer
Reader, I Married Him (2016) 2 eksemplarer
The Sound of Footsteps (2023) 2 eksemplarer
Kobieta w czerni. Raczka (2021) 2 eksemplarer
Stories from Codling Village (1990) 2 eksemplarer
Phantomschmerzen 2 eksemplarer
Suzy's Shoes (Picture Puffin) (1989) 2 eksemplarer
The enclosure 2 eksemplarer
Pirate Poll (1992) 1 eksemplar
The custodian 1 eksemplar
On the Face Of It 1 eksemplar
New Stories 5: An Arts Council Anthology (1980) — Redaktør — 1 eksemplar
Do me a favour 1 eksemplar
THE STAR DREAMER 2019 (2019) 1 eksemplar
Books and Company Issue 1 — Redaktør — 1 eksemplar
Books and Company Issue 4 — Redaktør — 1 eksemplar
Books and Company Issue 3 — Redaktør — 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Library Book (2012) — Bidragyder — 398 eksemplarer
Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre (2016) — Bidragyder — 301 eksemplarer
The Far Cry (1949) — Efterskrift, nogle udgaver177 eksemplarer
Counting My Chickens . . .: And Other Home Thoughts (2001) — Redaktør — 157 eksemplarer
The Woman in Black [2012 film] (2013) — Original book — 128 eksemplarer
Is Anyone There? (1978) — Bidragyder — 27 eksemplarer
Tale of an Empty House and Other Ghost Stories (1986) — Introduktion — 22 eksemplarer
The Woman in Black 2 : Angel of Death [2014 film] (2014) — Writer — 20 eksemplarer
The Woman in Black [1989 TV movie] (1993) — Original book — 15 eksemplarer

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BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE JANUARY - HILL AND UNSWORTH i 75 Books Challenge for 2016 (februar 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 andre anmeldelser | 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 andre anmeldelser | 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...… (mere)
Elanna76 | 12 andre anmeldelser | 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 andre anmeldelser | Apr 30, 2024 |



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