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Tributes & MessagesSusan Hill

APPALLED that I have only just found out that Julia Darling died. I did not meet her but I selected a short story of hers to include on one of the Penguin anthologies of women’s short stories I edited. I found her work in a Newcastle-based anthology and it stood out a mile.. she could write. That sounds patronising but is not meant to be. When you read several hundred short stories — even published ones — that are not only weak but indicate that the writer should be doing anything but writing and then you come upon a real writer, fully formed, it is such a joy.. as well as a relief and when I hit Julia`s work, I knew I had hit on the real thing.

I read work of hers later and heard some on radio. Oh yes. No change there.

She could write all right.

Susan Hill