The Beacon, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Colin. May. Frank. Berenice. The Prime children grew up in a bleak country farm house called The Beacon.

Colin and Berenice married locally. May went to university in London, but came home within a year and never left again.

Only Frank, quiet, watchful Frank, got away. He left for Fleet Street and a career in journalism but its the publication of a book about his childhood that brings the fame and money he craves - and tears his family apart.


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Excellent story which will affect anyone from a similar sized family, who has watched each sibling go their own way. Beautifully told, Susan Hill captures exactly how one sibling's actions can rock a family to its core. I found it especially chilling as it was not unlike a family I knew of growing up.....!

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Wow! This short novel was amazing.This is the story of four of whom moves to the city and writes a memoir of childhood abuse. Only it isn't true. This novel tells of the impact on the author and on his siblings. The ending...the very last line...hits like a punch to the heart.