Dame Susan Hill is a novelist and publisher who was Booker Prize-shortlisted in 1972 for The Bird of Night. As a judge: ‘I took the mountain of submitted novels on my honeymoon.’

Hill is best known for her ghost story The Woman in Black - which has sold prolifically, been adapted for film and, as a play, has been running for some 25 years in the West End. Nevertheless, she doesn’t believe in ghosts: ‘I wrote ghost stories because I’d always enjoyed reading them and they seemed to be fizzling out… I don’t take them terribly seriously.’ She has also written a series of crime novels featuring the detective Simon Serrailler. Hill is known for her no-nonsense views on politics and society which she airs to a devoted and substantial following on twitter. Hill’s novel I’m the King of the Castle was longlisted for The Lost Man Booker Prize.

Susan Hill

All nominated books

The Bird of Night