Susan Hill was born in the Yorkshire coastal town of
Scarborough and the town has since featured in several of her novels and
short stories. Susan later moved to live in Coventry and left school with
A levels in English, French History and Latin before joining King’s
College London to study English.
first novel, The Enclosure, was published in 1961 and has written
ghost stories, children’s books, non-fiction and Crime fiction with
equal gusto ever since.
won a Somerset Maugham Award for I'm the King of the Castle in1970,
The Whitbread Novel Award for The Bird of Night in1972 and the
Mail on Sunday John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for The Albatross
the following year for this collection of short stories.
The Woman in Black is a “traditional” Victorian ghost
story and has been successfully adapted for stage and television. Susan
Hill is also the author of two volumes of memoir, The Magic Apple
Tree: A Country Year about her life in rural Oxfordshire during the
1970s, and Family in which she writes about her early life in
books for children include The Glass Angels, Beware
and King of Kings. She has also written radio plays, a number
of books of non-fiction and has edited several anthologies of short stories.
lives in The Cotswolds with her husband, the Shakespeare scholar Professor