Author Susan Hill was born in Scarborough, United Kingdom on February 5, 1942. She graduated from King's College in London in 1963 and became a full-time writer. She worked as a freelance journalist between 1963 and 1968 and has been a monthly columnist for the Daily Telegraph since 1977. She founded her own publishing company, Long Barn Books, in 1996 and publishes a literary magazine called Books and Company. She has written works of fiction and non-fiction as well as children's books. She also edits short story compilations. She won numerous awards including a Somerset Maugham Award for I'm the King of the Castle; the Whitbread Novel Award for The Bird of Night; the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for The Albatross, and the Smarties Prize for Can It Be True? She currently lives in Cotswolds with her husband.