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Summary

From the foggy streets of Victorian London to the eerie perfection of 1950s suburbia, the everyday is invaded by the evil otherworldly in this unforgettable collection of new ghost stories from the author of The Woman in Black.

In the title story, on a murky evening in a warmly lit club off St James, a bishop listens closely as a paranormal detective recounts his most memorable case, one whose horrifying denouement took place in that very building.

In 'The Front Room', a devoutly Christian mother tries to protect her children from the evil influence of their grandmother, both when she is alive and when she is dead.

A lonely boy finds a friend in 'Boy Number 21', but years later he is forced to question the nature of that friendship and to ask whether ghosts can perish in fires.

This is Susan Hill at her best, telling characteristically flesh-creeping and startling tales of thwarted ambition, terrifying revenge and supernatural stirrings that will leave readers wide awake long into the night.

©2016 Susan Hill (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Critic reviews

"Traditional ghost stories of wonderful elegance.... Hill builds an atmosphere of creepiness in very few words; the pictures she creates in these stories are unforgettable." ( The Times)

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Good stories let down by the narration.

Classic ghost stories as Susan Hill excels in. The narration, however, was questionable with pauses in unexpected places and a languid delivery that made it sound that the narrator was bored stiff! There was also little to signify the end of one story and the start of the next.

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Neither scary nor entertaining

What would have made The Travelling Bag better?

The intervention of an editor to discuss plot, character and endings.

Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Hill again?

Never

Would you listen to another book narrated by Maggie Ollerenshaw?

Maybe

Any additional comments?

The plots where threadbare, rambling and incomplete, characters hollow and unconvincing and the endings - no twist, no dramatic enlightenment and no exciting finale. I bought this based on a brief review in the Guardian that left me intrigued. The narration was irritating at times but I believe this was due to the poor material. I listened to all three stories! I couldn't have been more disappointed.

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A good book let down by poor narration

Overall I enjoyed this book. The sense of atmosphere and skilful pacing are vintage Susan Hill. Unfortunately, though, the reader is just wrong for this text. Her voice is droning and disagreeable. It’s a shame as otherwise it would be a 5 star overall. I did manage to get past the narration, though, and would say it’s still worth getting the book.