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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.

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

1973 : USA Hardback
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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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March 1995 : UK Hardback

Title: The Bird of Night (ISIS Large Print S.)
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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September 1972 : UK Hardback
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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
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Title: The Bird of Night
Author(s): Susan Hill
ISBN: 0-14-004072-2 / 978-0-14-004072-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Audio Editions

November 2020 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Bird of Night
Author(s): Susan Hill
ISBN: 1-86750-153-8 / 978-1-86750-153-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
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November 2020 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Bird of Night
Author(s): Susan Hill
ISBN: 1-86750-163-5 / 978-1-86750-163-3 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
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March 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Bird of Night
Author(s): Susan Hill
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Bird of Night
Author(s): Susan Hill
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Bird of Night
Author(s): Susan Hill
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Bird of Night
Author(s): Susan Hill
Publisher: Audible Studios
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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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