The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

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One reader commented on the sense of place in the novel, and the way that the lonely landscape allowed the narrator's fear "to build in emptiness", as she nicely put it.
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Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House. Unaware of the tragic secrets which lie there, wreathed in fog and mystery, it is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black - and her terrible purpose.
 

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Author Susan Hill was born in Scarborough, United Kingdom on February 5, 1942. She graduated from King's College in London in 1963 and became a full-time writer. She worked as a freelance journalist between 1963 and 1968 and has been a 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. She 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 Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for The Albatross, and the Smarties Prize for Can It Be True? She currently lives in Cotswolds with her husband.
 
Published October 10, 1983 by Hamish Hamilton Ltd. 192 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Crime, History. Fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by John Mullan on Feb 24 2012

One reader commented on the sense of place in the novel, and the way that the lonely landscape allowed the narrator's fear "to build in emptiness", as she nicely put it.

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Good
Reviewed by John Mullan on Feb 10 2012

In Hill's frame narrative, the much older Arthur listens to his step-children telling absurd ghost stories round the fire. Like Douglas in The Turn of the Screw, his own tale will be told in order to put these foolish fictions in the shade...

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