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Black Sheep (Hill novel)

Black Sheep, is a novella by English author Susan Hill, published in 2013 by Chatto & Windus. The story is set in a bleak coal-mining village and centres around brother and sister Ted and Rose Howker, it follows their growth from childhood into adulthood and their attempts to break free from the drudgery of their existence. Ted through heading out of the valley to work on a sheep-farm, Rose through marriage to the pit-manager's son, but neither is able to escape and their choices lead to tragedy... In an interview with The Guardian Hill reveals the book was inspired by "a black and white photograph of a 19th-century engraving she found online"; the village was, she says, "exactly. It was an amphitheatre with all the mine workings in the bottom with the great gantry thing, terraces of houses going up, a little path with a gate through which people went down to work, you could just see at the top where the houses petered out, country. You couldn't think of a more closed community than this bowl."

MJ Hyland writing in The Guardian comments on Hill's reserved style, "Every scene turns on the stories of the stricken lives of the Howker family, their neighbours and friends, all of whom endure unending'punishments': cancer, domestic abuse, a missing child, an explosion in the coalmine and murder. In spite of the darkness of the subject matter, the storytelling voice is coy and restrained, the language is simple childlike, as though Hill means to soften the ceaseless blows... This is not a complex work of fiction. Hill may not astonish, or deal in clever invention, but she does what all good writers must set out to do: she made me read until I had the answer."Simin Baker in The Spectator is positive, "This is an admirably compressed book, in which the snappy pacing sits in enjoyable contrast to the slow plod of village life. Moments of importance are described with a brevity that serves to sharpen rather than deaden them. A lot is crammed into these short, generously spaced pages, only does Hill’s economy create a slub in the texture — when, for example, the conciseness reduces to summary, or when a physical feature serves as a surrogate for fuller characterisation.

In the main, Black Sheep is gripping all the way to its unexpected end."Allan Massie in The Scotsman, is full of praise, concluding "This is a story of people living hard lives, narrow lives which have their own dignity. It is beautifully lovingly, with not a superfluous word, it ends in tragedy. You can read it in a couple of hours, but what you read is to stay longer with you than many books which seem more ambitious. Characters are sketched in a couple of sentences, fixed in your imagination. Manner is matched with matter. Foyles interview with Susan Hill about Black Sheep

Naval War College Review

The Naval War College Review is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal published by the United States Navy's Naval War College. It covers public policy matters of interest to the maritime services and was established in 1948. During the administration of Admiral Raymond Spruance as president of the Naval War College, plans were initiated to establish a resident civilian faculty, composed of prominent academics who would be visiting faculty members for a full academic year. In a separate, but related initiative in 1948, the Chief of Naval Personnel, Rear Admiral Thomas L. Sprague, suggested to the commandants of the joint service colleges that each college should publish a lecture reprint series that could be distributed to officers, who for various reasons could not attend a war college course. In response to this suggestion and with further authorization from the Navy Department, Spruance initiated publication of a periodical. Entitled Information Service for Officers, it first appeared in October 1948 with a lecture by Vice Admiral Robert B. Carney's Naval War College lecture, "Logistical Planning for War", as its lead article.

It was classified as "Restricted" and issued only to individual officers in the grades of lieutenant commander and above, not to naval activities or commands. The first issue had a circulation of 3,000 copies. In its fifth year of publication, Information Service for Officers had reached a circulation of 6,000 copies and was being distributed to major commands. At that point, the name was changed to Naval War College Review and, in December 1953, the publication was down-graded to "For Official Use Only", a security classification that remained in effect until September 1964. Further changes in editorial policy that allowed the journal to publish articles by civilian academics did not occur until the editorship of Commander Robert M. Laske between 1968 and 1975, when a dearth of material forced him to search for contributors at meetings of the American Political Science Association and the Inter-University Seminar on the Armed Forces and Society. From that point forward, the journal had a wider range of submitted articles.

The following persons have been editors-in-chief: Summer 1967-March 1970: Colonel T. C. Dutton, USMC Sept/Oct 1972-May/Jun 1975: Commander Robert M. Laske Summer 1975 Lieutenant: Jeffrey P. Bacher Fall 1975-Summer 1977: Lieutenant Commander B. Mitchell Simpson, III Fall 1977-July/Aug 1981: Commander William R. Pettyjohn Sept/Oct 1981: Captain F. C. Caswell, Jr. Nov/Dec 1981-Sept/Oct 1985: Frank Uhlig, Jr. Nov/Dec 1985-Summer 1988: Robert M. Laske Autumn 1988-Autumn 1993: Frank Uhlig, Jr. Winter 1994–Autumn 2002: Thomas B. Grassey Spring 2003–Summer/Autumn 2004: Catherine McArdle Kelleher Winter 2005-Autumn 2005: Peter Dombrowski Winter 2006-present: Carnes Lord Official website