Black Potatoes

  • by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  • Narrated by Graeme Malcolm
  • 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1845, a disaster struck Ireland. Overnight, a mysterious blight attacked the potato crops, turning the potatoes black and destroying the only real food of nearly six million people. Over the next five years, the blight attacked again and again. These years are known today as the Great Irish Famine, a time when one million people died from starvation and disease, and two million more fled their homeland.
Black Potatoes is the compelling story of men, women, and children who defied landlords and searched empty fields for scraps of harvested vegetables and edible weeds to eat, who walked several miles each day to hard-labor jobs for meager wages and to reach soup kitchens, and who committed crimes just to be sent to jail, where they were assured of a meal. It's the story of children and adults who suffered from starvation, disease, and the loss of family and friends, as well as those who died. It's also the story of the heroes among the Irish people and how they held on to hope.


What the Critics Say

"A powerful and important book." (KLIATT)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A great read.

A very interesting listen, I learned much from this writer about the hard times of the famine, indeed I often wonder if any of my Fathers relations would have lived through this time, one cannot help to feel the pain and suffering of the time.
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- William Stewart

No detail, nothng new...

What disappointed you about Black Potatoes?

Seriously unoriginal and banal with little to no analysis and really added nothing to the subject.

What was most disappointing about Susan Campbell Bartoletti’s story?

It was incredibly over simplified and almost patronising

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Performance was good.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios