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Author: Susan Hill Narrator: Alison Larkin Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2014 ISBN: 9781483027470
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A very slender novella but one in which Susan Hill deploys her not inconsiderable power to weave a haunting story.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Hill’s beautiful, soulful descriptions of pit village life make this every bit as gripping as her longer spine-chilling stories.”

    Sunday Mirror (London)

  • “Taut, tense story, written with that unsparing economy which is such a feature of Hill’s recent fiction.”

    Times (London)

  • “A perfectly judged story of people living hard, narrow lives.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Gripping all the way to its unexpected end.”

    Spectator (London)

  • “This is a story of people living hard lives, narrow lives which nevertheless have their own dignity. It is beautifully, even lovingly, told, with not a superfluous word…Characters are sketched in a couple of sentences and fixed in your imagination. Manner is perfectly matched with matter; it’s impossible to suppose that the story could be better told.”


  • “Hill’s taut prose exudes a constant darkness…You are left unsettled and haunted by the seeming inevitability of their troubled lives.”


  • “In this taught, tense story, written with that unsparing economy which is such a feature of Hill’s recent fiction, everyone longs to escape…Ted is thoughtful, compassionate, loving, and misguidedly chivalrous…The sparseness of Hill’s style provides the perfect medium for exploring his predicament.”

    East Anglian Daily Times

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About the Author

Susan Hill, a full-time writer since 1963, has written over forty novels, numerous nonfiction books, novellas, short stories, and several books for children. In addition to her writing, she edits short-story compilations, writes a monthly column for the Daily Telegraph, and runs a literary magazine, Books and Company. She has also formed a publishing company, Long Barn Books, inspired by her lifelong admiration for Virginia Woolf and the Hogarth Press. She was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and has won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewellyn Rhys awards for her adult novels, as well as the Smarties Prize for a children’s book.

About the Narrator

Alison Larkin is a playwright, stage actress, stand-up comic, voice artist, and Earphones Award–winning narrator whose wide range of voices can be heard in cartoons and movies, including Pocahontas and The Wonder Pets.