Susan Hill: Writing about my loss 'was catharsis'
16 December 2011 Last updated at 09:55 GMT
Susan Hill is best known for her book The Woman in Black, a best-seller which has been adapted for stage and screen, but she has many other works to her name.
King of the Castle and Strange Meeting are taught in secondary schools in the UK and her detective novels are popular on both sides of the Atlantic. She tells Razia Iqbal how two personal tragedies became the basis for two of her books.
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