A devastating coming-of-age story about a woman caught in the wrong era, from the bestselling author of The Woman in Black. Everyone likes Olive Piper.
A devastating coming-of-age story about a woman caught in the wrong era, from the bestselling author of The Woman in Black. Everyone likes Olive Piper. A happy, open-hearted child growing up in the 1950s, her life is contented. When her passion for reading gets her into university she feels sure the world is waiting for her.
But then she makes a mistake - the kind any one of us could make - and faces an impossible choice.
'A shattering coming-of-age story' Daily Telegraph
Susan Hill has been a professional writer for over fifty years. Her books have won awards and prizes including the Whitbread, the John Llewellyn Rhys and a Somerset Maugham, and have been shortlisted for the Booker. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Honours. Her novels include Strange Meeting, I'm the King of the Castle, In the Springtime of the Year and A Kind Man. She has also published autobiographical works and collections of short stories as well as the Simon Serrailler series of crime novels. The play of her ghost story The Woman in Black has been running in London's West End since 1988. She has two adult daughters and lives in North Norfolk.
Susan Hill's stylistic approach to writing is one of the stand-out features of this novel -- fast-paced and punchy, with an attention to detail that powerfully reflects Olive's inner turmoil ... her naivete, combined with her struggle to find contentment, is both poignant and hugely endearing -- Erin Bateman Irish News What Hill conveys beautifully is the agony of all that is left unsaid in relationships. It is, ultimately, a novel about love: about the dilemmas we face when we are not permitted to live in the way that we wish Observer From the Heart is a coming-of-age story that embeds different forms of recognition... It keeps you guessing to the end. Its heroine learns things, and so does the reader - the chief one being never to underrate Susan Hill -- David Grylls Sunday Times The novel is at times almost unbearably painful as Olive attempts to make sense of a world for which she has been poorly prepared... A short but stunning achievement -- Vanessa Berridge Daily Express A quietly shattering coming-of-age story set in the late Fifties and early Sixties ... Hill's storytelling is vivid, yet spare. From the Heart is a captivating portrait of a woman caught in the wrong era. This slender novel could be devoured in an afternoon, but it has an unsettling quality that will stay with the reader long after it is finished -- Violet Hudson Daily Telegraph
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