What better day to feature this book by Susan Hill but on Halloween. I re-read this again recently. Have been keeping this review on hold until today.
I first read this book back in the 80’s when the demands of two young children definitely slowed down my avid reading patterns and I would race through any book I had my hands on in the minutes I had spare. I can remember enjoying the book massively but re-reading it again recently has made me appreciate it even more and I’ll go as far as saying that it is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s no use me reviewing it in fine detail because that would provide several spoilers that would ruin the reading experiences of many readers. The sheer joy of reading the perfect prose, the story itself and the masterful build up of creepy suspense as the reader follows the engrossing story of The Woman In Black herself and discovers for themselves what a joy it is too read. A joy that is for those who appreciate being scared out of their wits while reading such a well written suspenseful book. The Woman In Black should be read every year at this time, rather like The Christmas Carol that people say they read every year at Christmas.
I’m envious of anyone picking up this book for the first time and reading the words within. It’s that simple.
A friend of mine who died recently had a favourite author – Susan Hill. Since the death of my friend and in honour of her I’ve been collecting Susan Hill books in many formats. Old Penguin copies. Hard copies. New copies. Second hand copies and a few kindle copies.
Susan Hill informed me via Twitter that she’d written over sixty books! My copy of The Woman In Black is my favourite Penguin edition (yes, collecting those too)
This winter I’m starting on the Simon Serailler crime fiction series.
Giveaway. I’m offering a Giveaway today of a spare Penguin copy I have of both The Woman In Black and Gentleman and ladies by Susan Hill. Two books I enjoyed very much.
To win follow me on Twitter, RT my Halloween review of The Woman In Black, tell me why you’d like to win a vintage Penguin copy of A Woman In Black and Gentlemen and Ladies either in comments below or via Twitter and the winner will be sent these copies Christmas wrapped to be a gift for themselves or for another person.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Susan Hill
Susan Hill, CBE (born 5 February 1942) is an English author of fiction and non-fiction works. Her novels include The Woman in Black, The Mist in the Mirror and I’m the King of the Castle for which she received the Somerset Maugham Award in 1971. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to literature. Source: Wikipedia
The Woman In Black theatre production is the fourth longest running theatre show in the West End.
History of the The Woman In Black theatre show.
The play premiered in 1987 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough as a “Christmas ghost story”.
The play opened in the West End at the Lyric Hammersmith in January 1989, then moved to the Strand Theatre in February 1989 and subsequently transferred to the Playhouse in April 1989 and finally the Fortune Theatre in August 1989. Direction was by Robin Herford, the Set Designer was Michael Holt and the Lighting Designer was Kevin Sleep. The original London cast (1989) was Charles Kay as Arthur Kipps and John Duttine as The Actor. In publicity literature, the actress in the title role is surreptitiously listed as ‘Vision’, but was originally Bristol Old Vic Theatre School-trained Nicola Sloane. For the 30th Anniversary year the West End cast from May 2018-March 2019 was Richard Hope as Arthur Kipps and Mark Hawkins as the Actor, then from 19 March 2019 Stuart Fox with Matthew Spencer. Source: Wikipedia