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In the Springtime of the Year
First edition
AuthorSusan Hill
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherHamish Hamilton
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In the Springtime of the Year is a 1973 novel by Susan Hill. Hill has stated that the book was inspired by the sudden death of a man to whom she had been close for eight years.[1]


A 1974 book review by Kirkus Reviews concluded; "Susan Hill is the most uncompromising of writers and this is a monochrome of rural England where lives proceed in synergistic harmony with the natural world around them were it not for that whim of fate... Once again Miss Hill's novel achieves a consummate simplicity—we cannot fault its deliberate tonelessness without acknowledging its universality."[2]


  1. ^ [1] Archived June 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "In the Springtime of the Year". Kirkus Reviews. 1 April 1974.