Obituary: Reginald Hill

On the publication of the 21st Dalziel and Pascoe novel in 2007, an interviewer asked Reginald Hill if this was his 48th published novel to date. Hill replied: That sounds very reasonable. I counted religiously till I got to 10, then in a more secular fashion till I got to 20, and after that I lost interest in keeping a tally. I mean, if 20 doesn’t mean you’re a real writer, then what number does? Such a self-effacing reply was typical of the modest and softly spoken Hill, who has died aged 75 after suffering from a brain tumour. One of Britain’s most consistently successful crime writers, he could easily have been mistaken for an absent-minded academic or a country parson — via

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