A searing family
story from one of our most beloved writers
The village is called Mount of Zeal. It’s built in a bowl
like an amphitheater, with the winding gear where the stage would be. The pit
lies below. Ted Howker’s school is on the edge of Lower Terrace next to the
chapel. Upper Terrace—in a thunderous echo of the Bible so loved by Ted’s
grandfather—is Paradise. Ted, his father, and his brothers live in Middle. In
the beginning: a household of men, all of whom work in the pit.
Susan Hill is an exceptional writer at the height of her
powers. Every word is precisely right: the descriptions of the village and the
pit, the people and the farm are exact and true; the heartbreak is inevitable
yet new; and the imagery and imagination take your breath away. Download and start listening now!