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The Bird of Night

The Bird of Night

(1972)
A novel by

 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
Whitbread Prize Best Novel
Susan Hill's 1972 novel examines the relationship between Bipolar Affective Disorder and creativity; the illness that both creates genius and destroys it. The text, which contains homoerotic overtones, is narrated by Harvey from first person perspective, giving an insight into the pressure on his abilities to care for and keep safe Francis, who is seen as the greatest poet of his era but is extremely unwell with a madness that is directly linked to his creativity. Francis' illness is both the driving force for his brilliance and the key element to his downfall. The novel is a brilliant exploration of madness, almost completely removed from the medical system, in which madness is seen concomitantly pathological and a necessary part of the creative process.

 
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Used availability for Susan Hill's The Bird of Night


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Hardback Editions

March 1995 : UK Hardback
Title: The Bird of Night (ISIS Large Print)
Author(s): Susan Hill
ISBN: 1-85695-368-8 / 978-1-85695-368-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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December 1980 : UK Hardback
Title: The Bird of Night
Author(s): Susan Hill
ISBN: 0-241-10409-2 / 978-0-241-10409-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd
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1973 : USA Hardback
Title: The Bird of Night
Author(s): Susan Hill
ISBN: 0-8415-0223-4 / 978-0-8415-0223-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Saturday Review Press
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September 1972 : UK Hardback
Title: The Bird of Night
Author(s): Susan Hill
ISBN: 0-241-02258-4 / 978-0-241-02258-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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Paperback Editions

January 1976 : UK Paperback
Title: The Bird of Night
Author(s): Susan Hill
ISBN: 0-14-004072-2 / 978-0-14-004072-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Audio Editions

September 1994 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: The Bird of Night: Unabridged
Author(s): Susan Hill
ISBN: 1-85496-942-0 / 978-1-85496-942-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Ltd
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