Susan Hill, CBE is an English author of fiction and non-fiction. Her novels include The Woman in Black , The Mist in the Mirror, and I'm the King of the Castle. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to literature.
Hill was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Her home town was later referred to in her novel A Change for the Better. Hill attended the 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 proceeded to acquire an English degree at King's College London. By this time, she had already written her first novel, The Enclosure, which was published by Hutchinson in her first year at the University. The novel was criticised by the Daily Mail for its sexual content.
Hill's novels are written in a descriptive gothic style, especially her ghost story, The Woman in Black, published in 1983. The book was made into a film in 2012 starring Daniel Radcliffe. In 2004, Hill began a series of crime novels featuring Detective Simon Serrailler entitled The Various Haunts of Men.
Crafted with Hill’s characteristic finesse and psychological insight, the tenth Serailler novel merges a compelling whodunit with a measured, thoughtful study of family and belonging. A complex, flawed protagonist and deft, nuanced storytelling ensure The Benefit of Hindsight retains its remarkable quality throughout.
Detective Simon Serrailler - Series in Order
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