The Woman in Black, Hardback Book
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First published in 1983, The Woman in Black is Susan Hill's best-loved novel, and the basis for the UK's second longest ever running stage play, and a major film starring Daniel Radcliffe. Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer, travels to a remote village to put the affairs of a recently deceased client, Alice Drablow in order.

As he works alone in her isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover disturbing secrets - and his unease grows when he glimpses a mysterious woman dressed in black.

The locals are strangely unwilling to talk about the unsettling occurrence, and Kipps is forced to uncover the true identity of the Woman in Black on his own, leading to a desperate race against time when he discovers her true intent...


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
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  • ISBN: 9781846685620

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Dissapointing. I have had this on my wish list for years but it didn't live up to expectation. The characters were very authentic as was the setting, but it was not at all spooky. There seemed to be a lot of talking but very little ghost action. The author is obviously a very skilled lady, but this story did not work for me.

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The classic tale of a young man dispatched to an inaccessible house in a remote corner of the country, and of the terrifying presence he unwittingly invites into his life. I first read this on a gloomy, rainy afternoon in an empty house, and it scared the living daylights out of me; it still retains that power. Beautifully written with a haunting plot will stay with you forever. NB Various changes were made in the recent film (including the end), so don't feel 'spoiled'.

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