Susan Hill (Author of The Woman in Black)Susan Hill was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in 1942. Her hometown was later referred to in her novel A Change for the Better (1969) and some short stories especially Cockles and Mussels.
She attended Scarborough Convent School, where she became interested in theatre and literature. Her family left Scarborough in 1958 and moved to Coventry where her father worked in car and aircraft factories. Hill states that she attended a girls’ grammar school, Barrs Hill. Her fellow pupils included Jennifer Page, the first Chief Executive of the Millennium Dome. At Barrs Hill she took A levels in English, French, History and Latin, proceeding to an English degree at Kings College London. By this time she had already written her first novel, The Enclosure which was published by Hutchinson in her first year at university. The novel was criticised by The Daily Mail for its sexual content, with the suggestion that writing in this style was unsuitable for a schoolgirl.
Her next novel Gentleman and Ladies was published in 1968. This was followed in quick succession by A Change for the Better, Im the King of the Castle, The Albatross and other stories, Strange Meeting, The Bird of Night, A Bit of Singing and Dancing and In the Springtime of Year, all written and published between 1968 and 1974.
In 1975 she married Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells and they moved to Stratford upon Avon. Their first daughter, Jessica, was born in 1977 and their second daughter, Clemency, was born in 1985. Hill has recently founded her own publishing company, Long Barn Books, which has published one work of fiction per year.
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'The Woman in Black': Susan Hill Biography
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Susan Hill is probably most notable for being the inspiration behind the latest film with Daniel Radcliffe, The Woman in Black. The success of the story encouraged the production of a play in in the West End and has been one of the few plays that has had a duration of over 20 years. Before the recent release in February this year, it was originally made into a film in for television. Hill is notable for writing in a gothic style that can synonymous with Daphne Du Maurier and has revealed that she is a fan of the archetypal English ghost story. She was inspired so much by this author that she wrote a sequel to this in , entitled Mrs. De Winter.
Last Thursday, Susan Hill , who is a vigorous 68, celebrated half a century as a published novelist. In what she describes as "a weird coincidence", her latest book, A Kind Man , a short, deceptively simple fable of loss and grief, appeared 50 years to the day after her precocious debut.
She was educated at Scarborough Convent School and at grammar school in Coventry, before reading English at King's College, London, graduating in and becoming a Fellow in Her first novel, The Enclosure , was published in when she was still a student. She worked as a freelance journalist between and , publishing her third novel, Gentleman and Ladies , in In she started her own publishing company, Long Barn Books, editing and publishing a quarterly literary journal, Books and Company , in T he Woman in Black , a Victorian ghost story, was successfully adapted for stage and television and is one of Susan Hill's most commercial successes.