Black Sheep

by Susan Hill

eBooks of the Month Family Drama

Black Sheep Synopsis

Powerful...Poignant, bleak and haunting, this is a small masterpiece . (Sunday Mirror). Brother and sister, Ted and Rose Howker, grew up in Mount of Zeal, a mining village blackened by coal. They know nothing of the outside world, though both of them yearn for escape. For Rose this comes in the form of love, while Ted seizes the chance of a job away from the pit. But neither can truly break free and their decisions bring with them brutal consequences... Gripping all the way to its unexpected end . (Spectator).

The Good Book Guide Review

In Mount of Zeal, a mining village, the Howker family – husband and sons – work in the pit, while mother Evie runs the house, her endless round of cooking, cleaning and washing dictated by the menfolk and their shifts. But then there are her ‘misfits’ – daughter, Rose, who pays little heed to convention, and son, Ted, for whom life underground is too much to contemplate. As Ted finds his own way in the world, events take a dramatic turn that will change the Howker household forever. A masterpiece of economy and control.

Black Sheep Press Reviews

'Powerful... Poignant, bleak and haunting, this is a small masterpiece.'

-Sunday Mirror


'Compulsively readable.'

-Irish Examiner


'Hill deploys her not inconsiderable power to weave a haunting story.'

-Daily Mail


'Beautifully, even lovingly, told.'



'There is something Hardyesque in the tragic momentum of this story.'


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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780099539568
Publication date: 06/11/2014
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780701184216
Publication date: 24/10/2013
Publisher: Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099539568
Publication date: 6th November 2014
Author: Susan Hill
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 144 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Susan Hill

Susan Hill has won both the Whitbread and Somerset Maugham Awards and been shortlisted for the Booker. She is the subject of one of the Vintage Living Texts. She runs her own publishing business, Longbarn Books, and edited the literary magazine, Books and Company. Her novels are set for GCSE and A Level, and her play, The Woman in Black, has been running in London's West End for 15 years. In 2011 Susan Hill was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library, awarded to an author for a body of work.

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