Friday, August 26, 2011

Susan Hill: The-willies queen is missing in blogging action

Susan Hill
The writer Susan Hill hasn't blogged at the Spectator since February - this observation was made in a comment to my review of Duncan Fallowell's new travel book, How to Disappear. What could the matter be? I visited the Speccie site where a few of her commenters are grumbling among themselves over her non-appearance. The word 'twat' gets used - how common.

A Hill loyalist has helpfully left the comment: 'Susan is one of the judges for the 2011 Man Booker Prize, and according to her posts on Twitter over the past couple of days, is working on the proofs of her latest novel, starting a new book and making notes for a collection of short stories. It's hardly surprising that she's not been blogging. Let's hope she'll be back soon.'

The key words here are 'according to her posts on Twitter...' She has time to tweet but not to blog. The truth is Susan is always busy so far as I can tell, always up to her neck in deadlines, celebrity visits to pubs and cavorting about in fashionable beauteous rusticity. And tweeting. She's always writing books, publishing books, writing about books: she is a production line, a sausage factory of hauntings hokum for lovers of the-willies. None of this has ever stopped her from churning out another batch of finely-tuned opinions for her various blogs over the years.

Obviously she has fallen out with the magazine. I hope no one's bitter.

(Do read Duncan's book which describes his stay at her Gloucestershire home while working on a book: oddly, she declined to eat with him though was otherwise friendly.)

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

She looks like Queen Victoria.

NH said...

Her blog posts are several hundred words long whereas her tweets are within 140 characters. Perhaps she's waiting to be paid.

Anonymous said...

Isn't she about to become a global superstar with the movie of her Woman In Black starring Daniel Radcliffe? Perhaps she has turned into a diva.

Anonymous said...

Do me a favour. This is an order and not a request. If I ever shrivel up like a prune, take me to the nearest brown-field and just shoot me. Deal?

Madame Arcati said...

It depends who you are. Some people I'd happily leave out to dry.

Anonymous said...

Susan Hill is a very wonderful writer. And her work is certainly not 'hauntings hokum' as you put it. What a nasty person you are. If anything's hokum it's your astrology column in the much-diminished The Lady magazine.

Anonymous said...

How ungallant of Duncan to bitch about Susan. Typical writer.

Ciaran Rehill said...

If all women looked like 'er I'd turn gay. OK the man would have to look like like Alicia Silverstone or Keira Knightley...'ere that Keira is flat chested...so she looks like a bloke...you don't think I've turned do you?

Madame Arcati said...

I'm certain you have turned but undecided into what.

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine Susan Hill "cavorting" in a pub with celebrities. Madame must try to restain her imagination.

Madame Arcati said...

I wrote that she cavorts in rusticity. What she gets up to in pubs I have no idea. But I can hear the crackle of fire in the grate.

Anonymous said...

WHO AM I? WHO DO YOU THINK DARLINGEST POPPETTIEST. Cooling nicely. Thank you. x

Madame Arcati said...

I did wonder. Has New York been flattened yet or will it be yet another metereological anti-climax?