The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black

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By (author) Susan Hill

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 14mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 21 October 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099288478
  • ISBN 13: 9780099288473
  • Sales rank: 8,508

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Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral Mrs Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. The house stands at the end of a causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but 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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Susan Hill's novels and short stories have won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewellyn Rhys awards and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her books are set texts for GCSEs and A-levels. A Kind Man belongs to a genre that she has made her own: literary novellas which are short yet punchy, full of menace and feeling, and which include the critically acclaimed The Beacon and bestselling ghost stories The Woman in Black, The Man in the Picture and The Small Hand. She is also author of the Simon Serrailler crime series, and recently published a bestselling memoir of reading, Howard's End is on the Landing. Susan Hill lives in Gloucestershire, where she runs her own small publishing firm, Long Barn Books.

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By Bookreviewer 22 Mar 2012 4

It's a great book! I found it hard to get into but I got into it on page 60 or so. It also started off slow which was dissapointing. I thought the movie that just came out was better. I rated it **** Because the start of it let me down and it could use a little more scare scenes but over all I highly recomend this book for lots of reasons.

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"Hill's haunting tales may be slim, but they pull no punches..." Harper's Bazaar "Heartstoppingly chilling" Daily Express "A rattling good yarn, the sort that chills the mind as well as the spine" Guardian "She writes with great power... Authentically chilling" Daily Telegraph "An excellent ghost story... magnificently eerie... compulsive reading" Evening Standard