Submitted by SimonSingleton on Mon, 2012-06-18 10:05
Congratulations to Susan Hill, who has been awarded a CBE for services to literature in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Hill is the author of over 50 books, most famously her 1983 novel The Woman in Black, which has become a much-loved stage play and was adapted for the cinema earlier this year starring Daniel Radcliffe. She has been a judge twice over for the Man Booker: most recently last year, under the chairmanship of Stella Rimington, but also in 1975 under Angus Wilson. She was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1972 with Bird of Night and longlisted for The Lost Man Booker in 2010 with I’m The King of the Castle. She founded her own independent publishing house, Long Barn Books, in 1997.
Commenting on her CBE for The Bookseller, Hill said: "I am delighted and very honoured, particularly because being given this in the Queen's Jubilee year is very special. It's a personal honour but also a recognition for writers and writing the whole book world. This has been quite a year for me, and receiving this award really has crowned it."