Strange Meeting

A heart-rending tale of friendship in wartime that deserves a place on the shelf beside the great books of wartime literature. The trenches of the Western Front are the setting for this story of the extraordinary devotion that develops between silent, morose John Hillard, full of war’s futility, and his as yet unscathed trench mate, David Barton. The lyrical beauty of Hill’s narrative draws the reader in and doesn’t let go. This little novel is a gem, compelling and moving, a treat for all readers of fiction.

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.