Novelist, children’s writer and playwright Susan Hill was born in Scarborough, England, on 5 February 1942. Her first novel, The Enclosure, was published in 1961 when she was still a student. She worked as a freelance journalist between 1963 and 1968. She became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1972 and was a presenter of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Bookshelf’ from 1986 to 1987. In 1996 she started her own publishing company, Long Barn Books, editing and publishing a quarterly literary journal, Books and Company, in 1998.
Her books include I’m the King of the Castle (1970), winner of the Somerset Maugham Award; The Bird of Night (1972), winner of the Whitbread Novel Award and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize; and The Albatross, a collection of short stories, winner of the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.
The stage adaptation of her ghost story The Woman in Black (1983) has been running in London’s West End for 21 years and the film of the same book will be premiered in 2012.