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  • Published: 3 November 2014
  • ISBN: 9780099539568
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $19.99

Black Sheep




A searing family story from one of our most beloved writers

‘Powerful… Poignant, bleak and haunting, this is a small masterpiece’ Sunday Mirror

Brother and sister, Ted and Rose Howker, grew up in Mount of Zeal, a mining village blackened by coal. They know nothing of the outside world, though both of them yearn for escape. For Rose this comes in the form of love, while Ted seizes the chance of a job away from the pit. But neither can truly break free and their decisions bring with them brutal consequences…

‘Gripping all the way to its unexpected end’ Spectator

  • Pub date: 3 November 2014
  • ISBN: 9780099539568
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Susan Hill

Susan Hill has been a professional writer for over fifty years. Her books have won awards and prizes including the Whitbread, the John Llewellyn Rhys and the Somerset Maugham, and have been shortlisted for the Booker. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Honours. Her novels include Strange Meeting, I’m the King of the Castle, In the Springtime of the Year and A Kind Man. She has also published autobiographical works and collections of short stories as well as the Simon Serrailler series of crime novels. The play of her ghost story The Woman in Black has been running in London’s West End since 1988. She has two adult daughters and lives in North Norfolk.

www.susanhill.org.uk

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Praise for Black Sheep

“Powerful… Poignant, bleak and haunting, this is a small masterpiece”

Sunday Mirror

“Compulsively readable”

Irish Examiner

“Hill deploys her not inconsiderable power to weave a haunting story”

Daily Mail

“Beautifully, even lovingly, told”

Scotsman

“There is something Hardyesque in the tragic momentum of this story”

Guardian

“Gripping all the way to its unexpected end”

Simon Baker, Spectator

“Hill's taut prose exudes a constant darkness... you are left unsettled and haunted by the seeming inevitability of their troubled lives”

Stylist

“A perfectly judged story of people living hard, narrow lives”

Observer

“Taut, tense story, written with that unsparing economy which is such a feature of Hill's recent fiction”

Matthew Dennison, The Times

“Hill's beautiful, soulful descriptions of pit village life make this every bit as gripping as her longer spine-chilling stories”

Sunday Mirror

“In this taught, tense story, written with that unsparing economy which is such a feature of Hill's recent fiction, everyone longs to escape... Ted is thoughtful, compassionate, loving and misguidedly chivalrous... The sparseness of Hill's style provides the perfect medium for exploring his predicament”

East Anglian Daily Times

“So well-written, so deeply imagined, that the reader will find delight even in the encircling gloom. Love may not conquer all, but Art can”

Scotsman

“Hill's taut prose exudes a constant darkness... you are left unsettled and haunted by the seeming inevitability of their troubled lives”

Stylist

“Taut, tense story, written with that unsparing economy which is such a feature of Hill's recent fiction”

Matthew Dennison, The Times

“The versatile Hill tells a perfectly judged story of people living hard, narrow lives”

Observer

“So well-written, so deeply imagined, that the reader will find delight even in the encircling gloom. Love may not conquer all, but Art can”

Scotsman

“[Hill] does what all good writers must set out to do: she made me read until I had the answer”

M J Hyland, Guardian

“Hill’s sparse style provides the perfect medium for exploring this family’s predicament”

Matthew Dennison, The TImes

“Hill does a wonderful job of evoking life in this enclosed community”

Emma Hagestadt, Independent

“A masterpiece of economy and control”

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