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Lanterns Across the Snow Hardcover – 26 Oct 1987


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; 1st edition (26 Oct 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718129547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718129545
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 440,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Walton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Jan 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Felicity Morte on 12 Jan 2013
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I bought a copy of this book for a friend just before Christmas. The reason being, that I couldn't bear to be parted from my own copy. It's a beautifully descriptive recollection of a child's Christmas at a country rectory; her final Christmas before her life alters forever. The story begins with an old lady watching the snow start to fall on Christmas Eve, and she remembers. She's the only one left who remembers. Her reverie transports the reader back with her, to a time & place when birth and death were just viewed as part of the great cycle of life, and children were not shielded from its effects. Her recollections give unsentimental accounts from a child's excitement on Christmas Eve, to her obvious irritation, when her Clergyman father is called from Christmas dinner to administer to a home where tragedy stalks. She witnesses a dead man laid out in his bed and visits a new born baby on the same day, treating both events with the same equanimity . The story winds up where it starts, with the old lady watching the snowfall through the window. Susan Hill's story delivers an overall feeling of warmth, but typically, there's a reminder of our mortality that leaves a slight chill & feeling of discomfort.
I read this book every December. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather Suffolk on 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 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 1 Jun 2007
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This book by Susan Hill (The Woman In Black, Mrs DeWinter, I'm The King Of The Castle) is a fairly short story. You can read it in one sitting. It is extremely atmospheric, superbly written and a delight from cover to cover. It's a nostalgic Christmas tale told by 'Fanny', who is alone and in old age, but she remembers her Christmas in the countryside all those many years ago. Remembers all the characters, her brother, mother and father, all long dead.

Susan Hill excels at this type of story writing and I wish I had her ability, as this book inspired me to write my own book over 2 years.

I thoroughly recommend it as a book by the fire when Christmas approaches.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A., R. Worrall on 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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By Grace Poole on 16 Dec 2009
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I bought this a couple of years back from Amazon Marketplace and was not disappointed. It really is a beautiful book. I totally agree with the other reviews - it is so atmospheric and the way it is written makes you feel as if you are really there. Reading it gives you a warm glow inside and conjures up winter and Christmas. Every year at Christmas time I now read this book and it never fails to get me into the festive spirit. You could read it in an evening as it is quite short - but it is one of those classics that I will definitely treasure for all times.
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I was pleased to receive my used copy, and found its condition as laid out by the vendor. Forced to criticise and be a pain, I'll say that the cover showed faint sun fading (natch), and despite today's book manufacturing expertise, the title patch is slightly off parallel.
As I am a relatively uncultured ('though sensitive) brute, and was then unfamiliar with Susan Hill's story-telling skill, I was drawn to my first borrowed copy by the wonderful woodcut illustrations of Kathleen Lindsley which were the decorations on the cake of that poignant tale.The story itself conveys great humanity, the sensitivity of companionship and kindness, and the gentle message that we are all temporary. Well, that's what Susan's words brought to me anyway!
I gave my copy, along with two more Susan Hill stories, to my daughter who was evidently pleased. (I don't always get it right 'hem 'hem.) Finally, I wish I could find a new copy (of the same publication), but no luck so far.
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