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  1. 3.5 starsA brief novella and four short stories from Susan Hill in her pre Woman in Black days They all have an edge to them and are quite chilling and a little Gothic They certainly are not cheerful They are all, in one way or another about loneliness and isolation.Two of the stories, The Elephant Man and Friends of Miss Reece concern children, both about small boys The Elephant Man concerns a small boy s attempts to please his distant nanny, who was a Dublin Protestant who believed in the inte [...]

  2. Stories about young and old who are isolated in some way Melancholy but with cruel irony and dark edges Somerville sticks out as my favourite from the bunch Hill writes with such clarity and exactness.

  3. Bleak, bleak, bleak I wish I could get back the time I wasted reading this collection Still trying to cheer myself up

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