In the title story, on a murky evening in a warmly lit club off St James, a bishop listens closely as a paranormal detective recounts his most memorable case, one whose horrifying denouement took place in that very building.
In 'The Front Room', a devoutly Christian mother tries to protect her children from the evil influence of their grandmother, both when she is alive and when she is dead.
A lonely boy finds a friend in 'Boy Number 21', but years later he is forced to question the nature of that friendship and to ask whether ghosts can perish in fires.
This is Susan Hill at her best, telling characteristically flesh-creeping and startling tales of thwarted ambition, terrifying revenge and supernatural stirrings that will leave readers wide awake long into the night.
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By A reader on 06-08-17
Good stories let down by the narration.
Classic ghost stories as Susan Hill excels in. The narration, however, was questionable with pauses in unexpected places and a languid delivery that made it sound that the narrator was bored stiff! There was also little to signify the end of one story and the start of the next.
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By Pippa Elton on 04-04-18
Neither scary nor entertaining
What would have made The Travelling Bag better?
The intervention of an editor to discuss plot, character and endings.
Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Hill again?
Would you listen to another book narrated by Maggie Ollerenshaw?
Any additional comments?
The plots where threadbare, rambling and incomplete, characters hollow and unconvincing and the endings - no twist, no dramatic enlightenment and no exciting finale. I bought this based on a brief review in the Guardian that left me intrigued. The narration was irritating at times but I believe this was due to the poor material. I listened to all three stories! I couldn't have been more disappointed.