Sunday, 9 November 2008

Susan Hill - "The Man in the Picture"

Publ: 2007 ISBN: 9781590200919
Rating: 8888 4 stars

I first came across Susan Hill when I read her excellent book “In the Springtime of the Year” (1973). Her children’s ghost story ‘The Woman in Black” (1983) is well-known but I haven’t read it. “The Man in the Picture” is also a ghost story. Well-written it has a flavour of the Victorian ghost stories about it. A mysterious depiction of masked revellers at the Venice carnival hangs in the college rooms of Oliver's old professor in Cambridge. On this cold winter's night, its eerie secret is revealed by the ageing don....

SUSAN HILL, born 1942, been a monthly columnist for the Daily Telegraph. She has also written several non-fiction books and books for children ('Can It Be True?' won the Smarties Prize), as well as editing short story compilations. As well as writing, she has set up a publishing company, Long Barn Books, inspired by her lifelong admiration for Virginia Woolf and the Hogarth Press. She also runs a literary magazine, 'Books and Company', and owns the lease on a gift shop in Chipping Campden.

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