Howards End Is on the Landing

Howards End Is on the Landing

A Year of Reading from Home

By Susan Hill

Profile Books(GB), Paperback, 9781846682667, 236pp.

Publication Date: October 2010

Early one autumn afternoon in pursuit of an elusive book on her shelves, Susan Hill encountered dozens of others that she had never read, or forgotten she owned, or wanted to read for a second time. The discovery inspired her to embark on a year-long voyage through her books, forsaking new purchases in order to get to know her own collection again.
A book which is left on a shelf for a decade is a dead thing, but it is also a chrysalis, packed with the potential to burst into new life. Wandering through her house that day, Hill's eyes were opened to how much of that life was stored in her home, neglected for years. Howard's End is on the Landing charts the journey of one of the nation's most accomplished authors as she revisits the conversations, libraries and bookshelves of the past that have informed a lifetime of reading and writing.

About the Author
Susan Hill was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, in 1942. She was educated at grammar schools there and in Coventry, and studied at King's College, London. She has written fiction as well as non fiction books, children's books, and two autobiographical books. She is a regular broadcaster and book reviewer. She is married to the Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells. They have 2 daughters and live in Gloucestershire.

Praise For Howards End Is on the Landing

"So skilled is Ms. Hill at bringing her books, and their authors, vividly before us that by the end of her year of reading we come to feel that her book-brimmed house is itself a lively presence, not so much haunted as animated by these familiar spirits"Wall Street Journal

"Delightful bibliophile’s memoirJust try to read this book without nosing around your own shelves"Booklist

"Hill provides us with a reading list the equal of any degree course."The Times (London)