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Diary

Why I will never read Jane Eyre

Susan Hill’s diary: on taking against a book, the death of dear friends, and writing by speaking out loud

12 March 2016

9:00 AM

12 March 2016

9:00 AM

Have you ever set your face against a book? This year sees Charlotte Brontë’s bicentenary and the novelist Tracy Chevalier has edited a short-story anthology each based on the climactic line of Jane Eyre — ‘Reader, I married him.’ Everyone knows it. I agreed like a shot because the brief fitted something I had been mulling for a while, and yesterday the handsome finished volume arrived.

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Susan Hill’s books include The Woman in Black and the Simon Serrailler mysteries, most recently The Soul of Discretion.

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