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There are some books which resonate forever - I read Bird of Night, and almost all Susan Hill's other work, when first published and have never forgotten either the reality of living with a man so haunted as Francis nor the Aldeburgh setting. (I made my first visit there after reading this book.) I'm re-reading it as a book group choice (mine) and surprisingly it hasn't dated. Susan Hill is a brilliant writer, especially when creatng characters beyond her experience (a mad homosexual poet, the soldiers in Strange Meeting, etc.) Her sense of place and of desolate emotions is superb.