I looked for a long time for the right quotation to put on our exclusive coffee mug and at last I found it - 'She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain' from Louisa M Alcott's semi-autobiographical novel Work: A Story of Experience. Our mug has been specially made for us by McLaggan Smith, it is in bone china and it has the same quotation on both sides.
Launching today, Susan Hill's first three fridge magnets, two from The Woman in Black to chill you to your very bones, before you open the fridge. One featuring the famous Louisa M Alcott quotation, 'She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain' - from Work: A Story of Experience.
The new publisher for children, Little Barn Books, launches with Susan Hill's first book of a new series about Billy-William Bigheart and his friends in Jubilee Road. Billy-William Bigheart - The Kindest Boy in the Universe is published today.
Long Barn Books, originally launched by Susan Hill in 1997 to publish her short stories, went on to produce bestsellers such as the Duchess of Devonshire's Counting My Chickens. Now Long Barn Books relaunches with Angela Huth's acclaimed new novel Colouring In. +MORE
The play, adapted by Ian Kershaw from my ghost novel THE MIST IN THE MIRROR, had its first night at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre on January 30th. It played there until 21 February, and then went on tour, as below.
The stage version of my ghost story, adapted by Clive Francis, opened at the Theatre Royal Windsor on Tuesday 7 October. It starred Andrew Lancel, Robert Duncan and Diane Keen and is directed by Roy Marsden... produced by Bill Kenwright. After Windsor it goes on a short-ish tour.
I am contributing to this Radio 4 obituary programme, about people who have died recently - about Debo - Dowager Duchess of Devonshire. She was a wonderful friend and when I was editing and publishing her book COUNTING MY CHICKENS we had the best fun. It's broadcast tomorrow, FRIDAY, at 4 p.m. on Radio 4, and later will be available as a podcast.
Born within the same twelve months, Mary and Fern Piper are ‘Irish twins’ as their mother proudly declares. But when their father leaves home and they move to a new village, the girls encounter another pair of almost-twins – the Beak brothers.