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The Woman in Black (Random House Movie Tie-In Books) Paperback – 3 Jan 2012

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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; Reprint edition (3 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307745317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307745316
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,303,788 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter J. Chambers on 27 Mar. 2012
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This was a good read to pass the time with and I liked the pace of the story and the length was just about right. Enjoyed the solitary descriptions and the juxtoposition of isolation/main characters, this meant that the book was never boring, it wasn't really scary but more the better for it. I have not seen the film but I nearly always find the book better than the film versions. Recommended.
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Susan Hill’s excellent gothic novella, The Woman in Black (1983), is set in a time when cars and horse-drawn carriages co-existed. A solicitor, Arthur Kipps, is tasked with visiting creepy Eel Marsh House to tie up a deceased client’s affairs. Alone, with only a stiff upper lip, things begin to go more than bump in the night.

Hill uses some nice novella principles here, especially the framing story. There is a loose comparison with Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca (1938), but Hill’s novella is tighter, focusing on a single story; also Henry James’s novella Turn of the Screw (1898) comes to mind; and published three years after, although quite different in breadth, Stephen King’s superb IT (1986) has the same skill at making a reader whistle in the dark. Success for any horror story is to frighten, and Hill builds tension brick by brick in a plausible way that never makes the reader call out exasperated at the protagonist’s actions.

I loved this book! A real winter’s evening, by the fireside, English gothic tale, which had me sleeping with the lights on many nights after I finished it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane on 10 April 2015
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This book was fairly absorbing and easy to read. It was quite short which was a bonus. I read it because my son is studying it for GCSE English and I thought that I could help him with his revision. I quite enjoyed it but I wouldn't say it was great literature - I'm quite surprised it is a set text really as many of the classics are better written but I guess that the trend to "modern" novels for GCSE courses means using a book like this which is written in a classic style. I'd prefer a Thomas Hardy or James Fenimore Cooper novel any day!
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By Malinda on 24 April 2014
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I seem to remember the book cost 1p (+ P.& P.), but it was in perfect condition and arrived very speedily. Although I had seen the play years ago, I found it a darned good read!
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Good book, but it arrived damaged. It looks like it has been used, but I don't remember seeing that mentioned at any point before I bought it.
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By Gillian Oyston on 24 May 2014
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This book was brought for my son as he is studying the woman in black for his exams a very good book
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By Penny on 18 Dec. 2014
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For my grand-daughter's study programme, so this copy was just the job
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kevin j morley on 11 Aug. 2014
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