A devastating coming-of-age story about a woman caught in the wrong era, from the bestselling author of The Woman in Black.
Everyone likes Olive Piper. A happy, open-hearted child growing up in the 1950s, her life is contented. When her passion for reading gets her into university she feels sure the world is waiting for her.
But then she makes a mistake – the kind any one of us could make – and faces an impossible choice.
'A shattering coming-of-age story' Daily Telegraph
A quietly shattering coming-of-age story set in the late Fifties and early Sixties ... Hill's storytelling is vivid, yet spare. From the Heart is a captivating portrait of a woman caught in the wrong era. This slender novel could be devoured in an afternoon, but it has an unsettling quality that will stay with the reader long after it is finished
The novel is at times almost unbearably painful as Olive attempts to make sense of a world for which she has been poorly prepared... A short but stunning achievement
From the Heart is a coming-of-age story that embeds different forms of recognition… It keeps you guessing to the end. Its heroine learns things, and so does the reader – the chief one being never to underrate Susan Hill
What Hill conveys beautifully is the agony of all that is left unsaid in relationships. It is, ultimately, a novel about love: about the dilemmas we face when we are not permitted to live in the way that we wish
Susan Hill's stylistic approach to writing is one of the stand-out features of this novel -- fast-paced and punchy, with an attention to detail that powerfully reflects Olive's inner turmoil ... her naivete, combined with her struggle to find contentment, is both poignant and hugely endearing