Celibate, irreproachable and distinguished, Thomas Cavendish is in his mid-fifties and the obvious man to become Master of his college. But, walking by the river, Thomas sees a young girl standing on the bridge. It is an apocalyptic vision, one that alters Thomas's life irrevocably and tragically, but with the beauty and joy of a love never previously imagined.
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Subtle and profoundly moving, this novel is rich in the qualities for which Hill has won such high praise in the past. She returns to the eerie landscape of the East Anglian marshes, which was used to such magnificent effect in her classic ghost story The Woman in Black... One of our finest novelists - Sunday Times
Subtle and profoundly beautiful - Scotsman
Hill breaks all the rules of British irony and gets away with it, thanks in part to her obsessive imagination - Independent
Subtle and profoundly moving, this novel is rich in the qualities for which Hill has won such high praise in the past - Sunday Times
As light as a feather but as powerful as flight - Observer
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 56 books. 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. Her crime novels featuring DCS Simon Serrailler are currently being adapted for TV.
Susan Hill was born in Scarborough and educated at King’s College London. She is married to the Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells, and they have two daughters. Susan Hill was appointed a CBE in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours.