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Susan Hill (1) (1942–)

Autor/a de The Woman in Black

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Sobre l'autor

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'n més 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'n menys


Obres de Susan Hill

The Woman in Black (1983) 2,707 exemplars
The Various Haunts of Men (2004) 1,355 exemplars
Howards End is on the Landing (2009) 1,134 exemplars
The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story (2002) 894 exemplars
Mrs. de Winter (1993) 864 exemplars
The Pure in Heart (2005) 730 exemplars
The Risk of Darkness (2006) 651 exemplars
The Man in the Picture (2007) 649 exemplars
The Small Hand (2010) 583 exemplars
The Vows of Silence (2008) 538 exemplars
I'm the King of the Castle (1970) 514 exemplars
The Mist in the Mirror (1992) 497 exemplars
The Shadows in the Street (2010) 471 exemplars
The Betrayal of Trust (2012) 445 exemplars
A Question of Identity (2012) 372 exemplars
Strange Meeting (1971) 354 exemplars
The Soul of Discretion (2015) 296 exemplars
Dolly (2012) 221 exemplars
The Comforts of Home (2018) 204 exemplars
The Beacon (2008) 189 exemplars
In the Springtime of the Year (1973) 172 exemplars
The Benefit of Hindsight (2019) 154 exemplars
The Bird of Night (1972) 138 exemplars
The Random House Book of Ghost Stories (1991) — Editor/Contributor — 135 exemplars
The Small Hand & Dolly (2010) 133 exemplars
Air and Angels (1991) 124 exemplars
Printer's Devil Court (2014) 122 exemplars
A Change of Circumstance (2021) 107 exemplars
A Kind Man (2011) 103 exemplars
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Editor — 100 exemplars
A Bit of Singing and Dancing (1600) 84 exemplars
Go Away, Bad Dreams (1985) 81 exemplars
The Service of Clouds (1600) 79 exemplars
The Albatross (1971) 70 exemplars
Through the Kitchen Window (1980) 65 exemplars
The Battle for Gullywith (2008) 64 exemplars
A Breach of Security (2014) 62 exemplars
Lanterns Across the Snow (1987) 59 exemplars
A Change for the Better (1969) 45 exemplars
The Glass Angels (1991) 45 exemplars
Black Sheep (2013) 45 exemplars
Gentleman and Ladies (1968) 43 exemplars
Can It Be True? (1988) 39 exemplars
The Penguin Book of Contemporary Women's Short Stories (1995) — Editor — 38 exemplars
From the Heart (2017) 32 exemplars
Beware Beware (1993) 32 exemplars
King of Kings (1993) 31 exemplars
Through the Garden Gate (1986) 31 exemplars
The Spirit of the Cotswolds (1750) 29 exemplars
Hunger (2013) 27 exemplars
Hero (2016) 26 exemplars
Backyard Bedtime (2001) 22 exemplars
The Christmas Collection (1994) 21 exemplars
Family (1990) 21 exemplars
Shakespeare Country (1987) 19 exemplars
Crystal (2012) 16 exemplars
Ghost Stories (1983) 16 exemplars
The Woman in Black (1990) 14 exemplars
The Best of Books and Company (2010) — Editor — 13 exemplars
Friends Next Door (Racers) (1992) 13 exemplars
Revenge (Simon Serrailler) (2019) 10 exemplars
Reflections from a Garden (1995) 8 exemplars
One Night at a Time (1984) 8 exemplars
Mother's Magic (1986) 6 exemplars
Tres historias de fantasmas (1900) 5 exemplars
Irish Twins (2014) 5 exemplars
Old Haunts (2018) 5 exemplars
The Lighting of the Lamps (1987) 4 exemplars
Septimus Honeydew (1990) 3 exemplars
People: Essays & Poems (1983) 3 exemplars
Reader, I Married Him (2016) 2 exemplars
The Sound of Footsteps (2023) 2 exemplars
Kobieta w czerni. Raczka (2021) 2 exemplars
Stories from Codling Village (1990) 2 exemplars
Phantomschmerzen 2 exemplars
Suzy's Shoes (Picture Puffin) (1989) 2 exemplars
The enclosure 2 exemplars
Pirate Poll (1992) 1 exemplars
The custodian 1 exemplars
On the Face Of It 1 exemplars
New Stories 5: An Arts Council Anthology (1980) — Editor — 1 exemplars
Do me a favour 1 exemplars
THE STAR DREAMER 2019 (2019) 1 exemplars
Books and Company Issue 1 — Editor — 1 exemplars
Books and Company Issue 4 — Editor — 1 exemplars
Books and Company Issue 3 — Editor — 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Library Book (2012) — Col·laborador — 398 exemplars
Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre (2016) — Col·laborador — 301 exemplars
The Far Cry (1949) — Epíleg, algunes edicions177 exemplars
Counting My Chickens . . .: And Other Home Thoughts (2001) — Editor — 157 exemplars
The Woman in Black [2012 film] (2013) — Original book — 128 exemplars
Is Anyone There? (1978) — Col·laborador — 27 exemplars
Tale of an Empty House and Other Ghost Stories (1986) — Introducció — 22 exemplars
The Woman in Black 2 : Angel of Death [2014 film] (2014) — Writer — 20 exemplars
The Woman in Black [1989 TV movie] (1993) — Original book — 15 exemplars


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BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE JANUARY - HILL AND UNSWORTH a 75 Books Challenge for 2016 (febrer 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 | Hi ha 235 ressenyes més | 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 | Hi ha 79 ressenyes més | 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...… (més)
Elanna76 | Hi ha 12 ressenyes més | 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 | Hi ha 35 ressenyes més | Apr 30, 2024 |



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