The Crime Writers’ Association

Dagger in the Library 2022


Susan Hill

Susan Hill’s novels and short stories have won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewellyn Rhys awards, and the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She is the author of over fifty books including novels, short story collections, non-fiction and children’s stories, and author of six plays. The play adapted from her famous ghost story, The Woman in Black, has been running in the West End since 1989; it is also a major feature film.  She has written gothic novels including the famous du Maurier sequel Mrs de Winter. The Small Hand, another of Susan’s ghost stories, was adapted for screen and broadcast on Channel 5 in December 2019.  She wrote many novels between 1968 and 1974, with I’m the King of the Castle and In the Springtime of the Year among the best known.

In 2004, Hill began a series of crime novels featuring detective Simon Serrailler, entitled The Various Haunts of Men. This was followed by The Pure in Heart, The Risk of Darkness and many more novels and short stories too. A Change of Circumstance in 2021 is the most recent. The crime novels featuring DCS Simon Serrailler are currently being adapted for TV.

Susan was appointed a CBE in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours and DBE in 2020.

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