The Greenhouse (novel)
The Greenhouse is British author Susan Hillmore's first novel. It was first published in 1988 by Collins Harvill and was shortlisted for the Sunday Express Book of the Year. It was republished by Vintage Books in 2000 when it was praised as being one of the 'best books of 2000' according to critics at The Independent. and recommended as Summer reading the following year in The Guardian
The story is told from the point of view of a greenhouse which tells of the family living in the house to which it belongs; most notably Vanessa a girl who grows up alone in the house and garden and is who spent much of her time in the greenhouse until their peace was shattered by a stranger who rapes her. Things can never be the same again for Vanessa as her son is born and inherits his character from his father.
- Frontispiece of The Greenhouse Fontana paperback edition 1989