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Susan Hill certainly deserves her award.

I have been reading her books since the 70's and still have my Penguin copy of In the Springtime which I seem to recall had its basis in a bereavement she suffered, as well as quite a few of the others from that period.
She has changed her style and tone a lot since then as well as having almost single-handedly re-invigorated the market for ghost stories!

We watched the DVD of The Woman in Black last night and I have to confess to being rather disappointed - it is very much a Hammer horror film and I didn't think it was as tense as the 90's TV adaptation (we have a (possibly) pirate DVD of it)or the stage play.
There are certainly some creepy bits in it (not recommended if you have a phobia about Victorian dolls or automated toys) but bearing in mind the way that CGI has developed in recent years, I can't help feeling it could have been better!
(Main character who could act his way out of a paperbag would have helped!)

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