Our Author of the Month for July is the American novelist and memoirist Shirley Jackson.
She’s perhaps most famous for her 1948 short story ‘The Lottery’, first printed in theNew Yorker,which generated a level of cancelled subscriptions and hate mail that baffled both author and publisher and managed to get itself banned in South Africa. Another Gothic masterpieceThe Haunting of Hill Housefollowed in 1959 and has been described by Stephen King as being ‘as nearly perfect a haunted-house tale as I have ever read’. But her range as a writer was extraordinary – her family memoirs, collected in two volumes asLife Among the SavagesandRaising Demonsare more reminiscent of Gerald Durrell or James Thurber than Bram Stoker, and are among the funniest, sharpest and most uplifting books you’re ever likely to read.
Start withThe LotteryorThe Haunting of Hill House, but if you’ve already read them, be prepared to be surprised by other books by an almost indecently talented writer.
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