The Greenhouse (novel)

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The Greenhouse
First edition
Author Susan Hillmore
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Collins Harvill
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 125
ISBN 0-00-271267-9

The Greenhouse is British author Susan Hillmore's first novel. It was first published in 1988 by Collins Harvill[1] and was shortlisted for the Sunday Express Book of the Year.[2] 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.[3] and recommended as Summer reading the following year in The Guardian[4]

Plot introduction[edit]

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.


  1. ^ Frontispiece of The Greenhouse Fontana paperback edition 1989
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