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  • Published: 24 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448190232
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 144

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

  • Published: 24 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448190232
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 144

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 a 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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