The village is called Mount of Zeal. It's built in a bowl like an amphitheatre, with the winding gear where the stage would be. The pit lies below. Ted Howker's school is on the edge of Lower Terrace next to the chapel. Upper Terrace - in a thunderous echo of the Bible so loved by Ted's grandfather - is Paradise. Ted and his father and his brothers live in Middle. In the beginning: a household of men, all of whom work in the pit....
Susan Hill is an exceptional writer at the height of her powers. Every word is precisely right: the descriptions of the village and the pit, the people and the farm are exact and true; the heartbreak is inevitable yet new; and the imagery and imagination take your breath away.
©2013 Susan Hill (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
This story is beautifully written with details that bring the characters to life. This is why the story is so very sad - you really empathise with them and so their fate becomes really quite distressing. You need to feel strong to listen to this story.
Susan Hill is such a talented writer, and this story shows how versatile she is. The story is profoundly moving and I would love to read a sequel.
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