Susan Hill

Why I’ve cancelled my signing at an anti-Trump bookshop

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Why I’ve cancelled my signing at an anti-Trump bookshop

Saint Anthony was right — my bank card was in the bathroom

11 February 2017 9:00 am

February Fill-Dyke. But north Norfolk is dry, at least in terms of rain. Instead we have coastal flooding. Three years…

Cries and whispers in the TB sanitorium

29 October 2016 9:00 am

If you are 70-plus, the shadow of TB will have hung over your childhood and youth, as it did mine,…

What makes the perfect holiday cottage

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Gadgets and fancy decor don’t matter. Good beds do

Why I will never read Jane Eyre

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Have you ever set your face against a book? This year sees Charlotte Brontë’s bicentenary and the novelist Tracy Chevalier…

A Gothic horror story of quicksands, riptides and rituals

29 August 2015 9:00 am

This is a muddle of novel (originally published last year by Tartarus Press in a limited edition), though there are…

Susan Hill’s French notebook: My struggle to avoid local cuisine

11 July 2015 9:00 am

An overnight stop on the Ile de Ré taken between the St Malo ferry and the Quercy, where we always…

Anne Tyler’s everyday passions

14 February 2015 9:00 am

There was nothing remarkable about the Whitshanks. None of them was famous. None of them could claim exceptional intelligence, and…

The wonderful and unpredictable Candida Lycett Green

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Remembering Candida Lycett Green

How the NHS fails new mothers on breast-feeding

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Why isn’t there a proper service to show new nursing mothers how to feed their babies?

Don't let creative writing students read this book

12 April 2014 9:00 am

One of these is by Lydia Davis, acclaimed American writer. One is not. They are whole pieces, by the way,…

Susan Hill short story: The Boy on the Hillside

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Listen to Susan Hill read The Boy on the Hillside: [audioboo url=”https://audioboo.fm/boos/1816403-susan-hill-reads-the-boy-on-the-hillside”][/audioboo] The boy, Seth, stirred in his sleep. ‘Cold…’…

The Good Nurse, by Charles Graeber - review

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Charles Cullen, an American nurse, murdered several hundred patients by the administration in overdose of restricted drugs. Hospitals should be…

The Breath of Night, by Michael Arditti

27 July 2013 9:00 am

There is always meat in Michael Arditti’s novels. He is a writer who presents moral problems via fiction but is…

NHS GPs should charge for appointments. Here’s why

29 June 2013 9:00 am

A dose of stiff upper lip – and a small fee – would soon ease the queues at GPs’ surgeries

Susan Hill’s diary: The joy of fountain pens, the frustration of GP appointments

18 May 2013 9:00 am

I bet you remember your first fountain pen. Mine was a Conway Stewart with marbled barrel, I had it for…

Diary

8 December 2012 9:00 am

Finding an outfit for a wedding is a doddle compared with finding one for an investiture and I wonder how…

The phantom lover

28 January 2012 10:00 am

Driving past several long abandoned second- world-war airfields in East Anglia last year I was struck by how spooky they…

Winter Notebook

17 December 2011 12:00 am

You don’t go to North Norfolk in winter for good weather, but we had it — vast blue skies, sunshine…

Blue Night by Joan Didion

12 November 2011 10:00 am

This is a raw, untidy, ragged book. Well, grief is all of those things. On the other hand, Didion wrote…

The great detective

1 October 2011 12:00 am

As a child, Mark Girouard must have been easy to buy for at Christmas.  An ideal gift would have been…

The villain as hero

14 May 2011 12:00 am

Juvenilia is an unfortunate word, with its connotations of the derogatory ‘juvenile’.

M. R. James’s dark world

18 December 2010 12:00 am

M. R. James died at peace with himself and the world. We can be reasonably confident in claiming that after…

Under the skin

27 November 2010 12:00 am

Why do so many aspiring writers think it best to begin with the short story and graduate to the novel? It’s madness.

Futile phantoms

9 October 2010 12:00 am

Haunted Britain; A Ghost Tour of London; Ghosts of the British Isles;Victorian Ghosts; Railway Ghosts; Hotel Ghosts; Ghosts of the Civil War; Ghosts of Derbyshire/Cornwall/Yorkshire/Devon/Scotland/the Cotswolds.Drop into any local bookshop around the country and you are pretty sure to find a shiny-covered, heavily illustrated paperback about ghosts of the region. The list above was taken from a lightning visit to the pages of Amazon.