Susan Hill

The Indelible Terror of the Cruelty of Children

Sixty years ago I was subjected to systematic verbal and physical abuse by a boy called Michael. I have never forgotten the fear I felt

Must Try Harder

The excitement of learning has been lost in our schools. It's time to end the intellectual poverty of the national curriculum

Silence, Please

For our children’s sake, we should follow the Trappist monks and turn off everything, including ourselves, once in a while

A Novel Way to Treat a Writer

I have been inundated with emails from GCSE and A-level students who want me to spoonfeed answers on their set texts

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"