Although not based in Yorkshire, The Woman in Black is written by Scarborough-born Susan Hill.
Her novel tells the story of Mrs Alice Drablow who dies. Hardly anyone is at the funeral as no blood relatives attend and only undertakers, a local official and a solicitor called Arthur Kipps are there.
The solicitor is looking for her will and he has to spend the night in Eel Marsh House, which is where Mrs Alice Drablow died on her own, as a high tide pens him in. Whilst expecting a boring night in the house that will consist of sorting out paperwork, it soon turns into something else entirely.
This book was made into a film in 1989 and again in 2012 with the most recent version featuring stars such as Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer, Sophie Stuckey, and Liz White.
Other Yorkshire books you could read in isolation
The Newby and Scalby Library also recommends you read the following books in isolation and they told us its affiliation with Yorkshire:
- Blackberry Wine – it has two timelines and one is set in Yorkshire and the author Joanne Harris lives near Huddersfield.
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Author Anne Bronte is buried in Scarborough.
- The Sea Lady – Some scenes are set in Filey and Scarborough. The author Margaret Drabble was also born in Sheffield.
- God’s Own Country by Ross Raisin
- Last Train to Scarborough by Andrew Martin
- Death at the Seaside by Frances Brody
- A DCI Banks novel by Peter Robinson
Featured above is a list of compelling books that you could read during the isolation and if you want to see where famous authors such as Susan Hill grew up or want to explore the picturesque settings that were the basis of iconic books, then you should look to plan a trip to Yorkshire and stay at our Scarborough hotel.