Susan Hill, author ofWoman in Black, is the greatest living writer of ghost stories, and here is a perfect chiller: a story of two damaged children filled with unease, the supernatural and horror.
The remoter parts of the English Fens are forlorn, lost and damp even in the height of summer. At Iyot Lock, a large decaying house, two young cousins, Leonora and Edward are parked for the summer with their ageing spinster aunt and her cruel housekeeper. At first the unpleasantness and petty meannesses appear simply spiteful, calculated to destroy Edward's equanimity. But when spoilt Leonora is not given the birthday present of a specific dolly that she wants, affairs inexorably take a much darker turn with terrifying, life destroying, consequences for everyone.
Susan Hill is the winner of numerous literary prizes including the Somerset Maugham award. She was awarded CBE for her services to literature earlier this year. Author of the Simon Serrailler crime serie and numerous other novels, her literary memoir,Howards End Is On The Landing and the ghost storiesThe Man In The Picture andThe Small Hand are both published by Profile.The Woman in Black, which was has been running in the West End for over twenty years, and was a huge film in 2012 is published by Profile in hardback .
'Susan Hill is the grande dame of English supernatural fiction', Financial Times
'No one chills the heart like Susan Hill', Daily Telegraph
'Part of the fear she conjures up is a sense that this could happen to anyone', Scotsman
'An assuredly chilling ghost story', Sadie Jones, Guardian
'Possesses a timeless austerity ... the very simplicity of Hill's unveiling of her story in Dolly imposes an awful inevitability on the action ... suitably wintry atmospheric storytelling', Spectator
'The mistress of the modern ghost story', Independent
'Perfectly creepy ... a real chiller', Saga