In the Springtime of the Year

Set in a rural English village, In the Springtime of the Year is an astonishingly acute novel built around young Ruth Bryce’s struggle to deal with the sudden and accidental death of her husband, Ben. Suddenly alone, Ruth must cope not only with Ben’s death but also with his family who view her with suspicion and hostility. Her sole companion is Ben’s fourteen-year-old brother who understands Ruth’s quiet determination to emerge from this tragedy with her integrity and independence intact.

A young woman’s ability to collect herself, by herself, in the face of oppressive circumstances, is the force behind this novel. Told in a voice that is both honest and unsparing, it is an important addition to the oeuvre of a writer of real scope and power.

Praise for In the Springtime of the Year

In the Springtime of the Year… speaks of home-truths, of rituals, of long-established ways of life and of a sense of sharing… (of a woman’s) progress through stages of grief. It is less a novel than a portrait of an emotion, and as this it is poignant and convincing.
The New York Times

Susan Hill’s writing career has encompassed acclaimed literary novels, ghost stories, children’s books, detective novels and memoirs. She has won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewelyn Rhys awards, as well as having been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. The Woman in Black, her terrifying ghost story, is still running as a play in the West End and is now a successful film.