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Hungry Hill is Daphne du Maurier's seventh novel. Whilst there are now 33 printed editions, it was an instant best-seller in 1943 and is based on the Irish ancestors of du Maurier's close acquaintance, Christopher Puxley.
Following five generations of Clonmere Castle owners, the audiobook is divided into sections, mapping the route of the inheritance and tracing the bloodline of the Brodrick clan. From Copper John and Greyhound John through to Wild Johnnie, Henry and Hal, the rivalry between their family and that of the castle's previous owners, the Donovans, is at the forefront of the narrative. The often terrible consequences of their continuing conflict are sketched throughout each generation and du Maurier's witty account serves to ridicule and shed light on human weaknesses, in particular, our inability to forgive.
Weaving in the elements of history and romance that we have come to expect and appreciate of du Maurier's writing, Hungry Hill is a highly accomplished and captivating story of pride, family, the evils of greedy capitalism and of course, love.
Maureen O'Brien is an English actress and author, best known for playing the role of Vicki in Doctor Who, where she starred alongside the original Doctor, William Hartnell. She then went on to appear in The Legend of King Arthur, Casualty, The Duchess of Duke Street, Taggart, Cracker, A Touch of Frost, Heartbeat and Jonathan Creek. In 1985 she made a rare film appearance in the comedy She'll Be Wearing Pink Pyjamas opposite Julie Walters.
Maureen has also acted in a number of stage productions, including The Relapse (Old Vic), The Merchant of Venice (Old Vic), The Archbishop's Ceiling (Bristol Old Vic) and Othello (Bristol Old Vic).
Her audiobook titles include Henry James' What Maisie Knew, D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love and George Eliot's Middlemarch.
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Didn't finish it!
The story was relentlessly depressing - and I'm a fan of Du Maurier!
Something epic that I can lose myself in.
I don't think it would have mattered who read it - it just didn't grab me.
It's the only book I've bought that I couldn't finish. All the others have been great.
- R. Kilbey
Loved it the whole way through