Welcome to Festivals’ Book Club, in association with Vintage Books. Each month, we’ll be reading a different title and would love you to join us: either at our live book group in Cheltenham, or by sharing your thoughts online.
- We’ll announce the title on cheltenhamfestivals.com
- You have until the date of the Book Club to read it
- Cheltenham Festivals Member? Apply to take part in our LIVE Cheltenham group and receive a free copy of the book
- Like to purchase your own copy? Save 5% at Cheltenham Waterstones as a Cheltenham Festivals Member
- Read what our Book Group thought and add your own opinions and comments online
October Book Club:
Black Sheep Susan Hill
A searing family story from one of our most beloved writers.
In association with
Powerful… Poignant, bleak and haunting, this is a small masterpiece
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…
Thursday, October 9th at The Daily Bean, COOK, Bath Road, Cheltenham
Cheltenham Festivals Member? Apply for your free book and chance to attend.
Can’t attend? Save 5% on this title at Waterstones Cheltenham with Cheltenham Festivals Membership.
Gripping all the way to its unexpected end
Note from the editor
Black Sheep is a haunting tale of a brother and sister, Ted and Rose, brought up in the mining village Mount of Zeal. Life in the village is hard, with long bleak days spent in the mine or in the shadow of it, though no one thinks of leaving. Ted and Rose are different, both yearn for a new kind of life and as soon as they are old enough both manage to break free. But they soon realise that this long-awaited freedom brings with it disastrous consequences. Hugely powerful, affecting and absorbing, this is an stunning novel from an exceptional writer.
Victoria Murray-Browne, Editor, Vintage Books
About Susan Hill
Susan Hill has been a professional writer for over fifty years. Her books have won awards and prizes including the Whitbread, the John Llewellyn Rhys and the Somerset Maugham; and have been shortlisted for the Booker. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours. Her novels include Strange Meeting, I’m the King of the Castle and ghost story The Woman in Black, the stage play of which has been running in London’s West End since 1988. Her previous novellas include The Beacon and A Kind Man. She is married with two adult daughters and lives in North Norfolk.