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Lanterns Across the Snow [Hardcover]

Susan Hill
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Sep 1988
As an old woman, Fanny looks back to the country Christmas she had in England when she was nine and realizes the moment when she left her childhood behind her.


Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (T) (Sep 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517570068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517570067
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 950,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Susan Hill is a prize-winning novelist, having been awarded the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewelyn Rhys awards, as well as having been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She wrote Mrs de Winter, the bestselling sequel to Rebecca, and the ghost story The Woman in Black, which was adapted for the stage and became a great success in the West End. Her books include a collection of exquisite short stories, The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read, and the highly successful crime novel series about the detective Simon Serrailler. Susan Hill lives in Gloucestershire, where she runs her own small publishing firm, Long Barn Books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful evocation of the magic of Christmas 23 Jan 2012
By Jeremy Walton TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I bought this as a Christmas present for my daughter's family when I came across it in a second-hand bookshop in Whitstable. It's a short tale, which could be easily read - or re-read - in the course of an evening, about an old woman's memories of her Christmas as a child in the early part of the last century in a small country village. The memories are beautifully evoked in a simple, yet touching style - for example:

"Last night, the snow fell. And I began to remember. Remember joy and sorrow, nights and days, summer and winter and fresh, sweet spring; remember the tall old house, and the swing on the apple tree bough. The years roll back to reveal my childhood, set in a magic circle, bright, bright before the dark."

Besides remembrance, the themes are family, death, birth, love and the magic of Christmas. It's a lovely little story which can be read again and again as a reminder of this special time.

This hardback edition has been assembled very handsomely, with allusive little woodcut illustrations that enhance the tale that's being told.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Read 7 Feb 2014
By Lee
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A very well written and enchanting book. I was slightly confused as I thought it was one of Susan Hill's wonderful ghost stories. I plan to read it again next Christmas so that I can appreciate it properly (without wondering when the ghost will appear!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lanterns across the Snow by Susan Hill. 23 Aug 2013
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This is one of Susan Hill's best books ( along with The Magic apple Tree) in my opinion. I was very pleased to see it on Amazon at a great price. The item arrived quickly and in excellent condition. For country and Winter lovers I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written book 8 April 2013
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Lanterns across the snow, is a book to be treasured and brought out each year. It is beautifully written, which you would expect of Susan Hill, as she has the gift of knowing how to evoke atmosphere and emotion. This book evokes a Christmas of another time, when perhaps we had the right idea of what Christmas is really about. The Christmas of today starts too early and has lost its real meaning, wrapped up in so much Christmas paper and commercialism. This story brings the magical ritual of Christmas Eve and the birth of the Christ childt the expectation of lucious foods, that were not available every day of the year as now: the contrasts of cold and warmth, of hope and despair. of birth and death. There is everything in this warm tale of Christmas towarm the cockles of the heart. I would very much recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Christmas Book 5 Feb 2013
By Mary
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Just the book to read on Christmas Eve to put you in the mood. I bought this copy to give as a present, it is a view of Christmas in the country in the past, well told.
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