Susan Hill’s evocative exploration of love and madness charts the relationship between a brilliant but unhinged poet and his faithful companion.

Francis Croft, the greatest poet of his age, was mad. His world was a nightmare of internal furies and haunting poetic vision. Harvey Lawson watched and protected him until his final suicide. From his solitary old age, Harvey writes this brief account of their twenty years together and then burns all the papers to shut out an inquisitive world.

The Booker Prize 1972
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Susan Hill was born in Scarborough, England. In 2020 she was awarded a damehood (DBE) for services to literature.
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