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Bloomsbury will publish Susan Hill's new novel, THE BATTLE FOR GULLYWITH, in 2008 on their children's list. Hill, who started writing the story on her website says, 'When my daughters were young, I wrote a dozen or so children`s books for them, mainly picture books and stories for children up to about 6 or 7. But although they grew up I did not... in that, I never thought of writing a children`s book for 8 or 10 or 12 year olds. I don`t know why. But now, with the girls safely out of the way at 29 and 21, I have begun one, for, roughly, ages 7-11 or thereabouts. And I decided to do something different with it, at least initially. I am going to put the first four chapters, one by one, up here on the blog. And then no more. And I would love feedback, not from adults, but from 7-11 year olds - even though some of them may send their comments via
their grown-ups.'
The response was such that Susan's agent submitted the manuscript as it stood to publishers, and Bloomsbury was successful in its bid.

Sarah Odedina, Head of Children's Publishing at Bloomsbury comments, 'We are delighted that we will be publishing Susan Hill on the Bloomsbury Children's list. She is a writer of fantastic skill and range and THE BATTLE FOR GULLYWITH is an exceptionally exciting book. It is a
gripping, spooky and atmospheric story that will enthral young readers everywhere.'

Susan Hill says, ' I am absolutely thrilled to be publishing with Bloomsbury, which has one of the very best children`s lists in the UK. I am looking forward to a long and happy relationship with them. Although I have written many books for very young children in the past, THE
BATTLE FOR GULLYWITH is my first full length story for older children - but I certainly don`t intend it to be my last!'

Susan Hill had her first novel published while she was still at university and went on to write many books for both adults and children that have become modern classics, beloved by students including I`M THE KING OF THE CASTLE, THE ALBATROSS, STRANGE MEETING, THE BIRD OF NIGHT, and A BIT OF SINGING AND DANCING. I'M THE KING OF THE CASTLE is studied for GCSE English Literature and STRANGE MEETING for A Level English.
Susan's picture book CAN IT BE TRUE? won a Smarties Prize in 1988, and Susan has also won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Whitbread Novel Award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her ghost story, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, was adapted for the stage and has been running in London for more than eighteen years, as well as showing to over five million theatregoers worldwide.

Susan Hill was born in Scarborough and educated at King's College, London. She is married to the Shakespeare scholar, Stanley Wells, and they have two daughters. She lives inGloucestershire, where she runs her own small publishing company Long Barn Books.

Susan Hill's website is

Sarah Odedina acquired the book for the UK from Vivien Green at Sheil Land Associates.

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