Susan Hill The Beacon

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The Beacon

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What happens to a family when one of the brothers publishes his “misery memoir?” Is his litany of childhood torment a complete invention? Or was there really a cupboard under the stairs?

The farmhouse was called The Beacon and they had been born and reared there, May, Colin, Frank and Berenice, but only May had been left for the last 27 years . . .

May had been the clever daughter and she had escaped the shelter of The Beacon, just once, to go to university. But in London she had been pursued by nameless terrors, the victim of fears and anxieties. Now she was the spinster daughter, the one who stayed, who nursed her father after his accident and looked after her mother in her old age.

Frank was the one who got away. He married and moved on. But why does no one ever mention Frank’s name?

Richly atmospheric, evoking mystery, ambiguity and suspense, The Beacon is a novella which continues to resonate beyond the final pages.
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Susan Hill’s novels and short stories have won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewelyn Rhys awards, and been shortlisted for the Booker. She is the author of the ghost stories The Woman in Black; The Mist in the Mirror; and The Man in the Picture, and of the series of crime novels featuring policeman Simon Serrailler.
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"A moving, evocative and rewarding novel" The Times "A brilliantly eerie little tale...with a very adroitly handled contemporary theme: the misery memoir" Scotland on Sunday "The Beacon uses a small canvas, but it examines larger issues of truth, mental health and memory... Ideas about wasted lives, about grinding exhaustion at the expense of self-expression and about rank injustice are all here in a novel of great structural and stylistic control" Guardian "Magnificent...It is all done so well, so wisely, that this short book is richly satisfying...it is a little masterpiece" Daily Telegraph "Captivating... There is, from the start, a highly charged atmosphere of anxiety and ambiguity...the suspense and mystery work perfectly, and for this Hill's economy is exactly what is needed" Financial Times

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