Susan Hill

Patients in the tuberculosis convalescent home at Paddington, London, 1942 (Photo: Getty)

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,…

Country cottage in vibrant green fields under blue summer skies

What makes the perfect holiday cottage

20 August 2016 9:00 am

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

Royal duties  (Photo: Getty)

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…

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Anne Tyler Photo: Getty

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…

Candida Lycett Green

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?

Lydia Davis (Photo: David Levenson)

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=””][/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…

Blood Pressure Test

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

Margot Asquith

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…


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.


31 July 2010 12:00 am

Susan Hill opens her diary


Unhelpful issues

10 February 2010 12:00 am

It would not have been so easy to describe what Joanna Trollope’s early novels were ‘about’ in a few words, but recently she has been writing what the Americans call ‘issue books’, and they can be more readily encapsulated.