Black Sheep

Black Sheep

Book - 2013
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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.
ISBN: 9780701184216
Characteristics: 135 p. ; 21 cm.


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Dec 20, 2015

Incredible! Not a comma out of place!

Just when you think things can't get any more bleak, they do. Susan Hill's the Rohinton Mistry of the coal mine.

mayfairlady Dec 30, 2014

quite a shift from her detective fiction - very dark, hopeless and sad

Nov 28, 2013

This book is horrible, with misery on every page and a ghastly ending. The bad guys come out unscathed and the good guys are cruelly punished. There are a couple of turns of the plot that are simply not credible and this reader did not appreciate being expected to believe that the character concerned would take this course of action. I am very disappointed in the author and will be sticking to her detective stories only from now on.

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