Black SheepBook - 2013
"The village is called Mount of Zeal. It s built in a bowl like an amphitheatre, 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 and 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."
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 2013.
Characteristics: 135 p. ; 21 cm.