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The woman in black

The woman in black

Hill, Susan, 1942-

When Arthur Kipps attends the funeral of Alice Drablow he is unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind her house. It is not until he glimpses a woman dressed all in black at the funeral that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold

Book. English. Suspense fiction.
Published London: Vintage, 2007
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Statement of responsibility: Susan Hill
ISBN: 0099511649, 9780099511649
Note: Originally published: London: Hamish Hamilton, 1983.
Physical Description: 160 p. ; 20 cm.
Series: Vintage classics

Author note

Susan Hill's novels and short stories have won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewellyn Rhys Prizes and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her most recent publications are the much-praised collection of stories,The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read, and the best-selling Simon Serrailler crime novels,The Various Haunts of Men, The Pure in Heart,andThe Risk of Darkness.She wroteMrs de Winter, the sequel toRebecca,and the ghost story,The Woman in Black, which was adopted for the stage and has been running in London since 1989.

Susan Hill was born in Scarborough and educated at King's College, London. She is married to the Shakespeare scholar, Stanley Wells, and they have two daughters. She lives in Gloucestershire, where she runs her own small publishing company, Long Barn Books.

Susan Hill's website is


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Guardian||"She writes with great power... Authentically chilling"
Daily Telegraph||"An excellent ghost story...magnificently eerie...compulsive reading"
Evening Standard||"One of the most chilling ghost stories of our incredibly compulsive read and a short but necessary book for anyone planning to see the film"
Big Issue||"One of the most popular British ghost stories of modern times"