First in the Durham Mining Trilogy
*An Amazon Kindle Bestseller*
Published by MacLeod Trotter Books
- Available in paperback ISBN 978-1-908359-07-0
- Available as an ebook ISBN 978-1-908359-06-3
- Available in large print from Magna, ISBN 0-7505-1668-2
- Available in audio (published by Soundings) ISBN 1-84559-129-1
The Hungry Hills is set in a County Durham mining communityduring the conflict of the 1926 General Strike and is a tribute to the courage and fortitude of the Durham mining communities and especially the Durham women.
The book is dedicated to Janet's stillborn son and also
portrays the feelings and reactions to a stillbirth. Written with
compassion, humour and a vivid intimacy, The Hungry Hills is an
unforgettable saga of two very different families living through
the dramas and tragedies of 1920's England, and marked the saga-writing
debut for Janet who was described as a "considerable new talent"
and short-listed for the Sunday Times Young Writers award in 1993.
Janet: "The Hungry Hills is a tribute to the courage and fortitude
of the Durham mining communities and especially the Durham women.
Ever since I took part in a T.V. documentary on the strike as an
8 year old, I have wanted to write about the mining communities
of the North-East of England. I played the daughter of coalowner
Lord Lambton on T.V. for only a few moments, but it made a lasting
impression on me! The book, which is dedicated to our stillborn
son Stanley, also gave me the opportunity to express in a fictional
context some of my feelings and experiences following our own tragedy."
"I read The Hungry Hills with pleasure...Not only a good
read but a vivid picture of the coalfield. All the misery and class
division are there but so are the warmth and courage of the people.
You'll believe you are there. "
"Truly a novel for saga lovers ...the author competently
manipulates the threads of the plot, weaving together the lives
of her many characters with compassion skill and affection. Her
skill at storytelling is most evident in the novel's action sequences,
where she conjures with convincing vigour the agony of childbirth,
picket line violence and the dangers lurking in the mines."
"An unforgettable saga of life in the 1920's" Worcester
Evening News "When Janet MacLeod Trotter writes about the North
East she knows what she is talking about...Her latest novel The
Hungry Hills is set in the Durham coalfields...is full of warmth
and courage and tales of class differences."
"I picked it up with a view to skimming through it before
finding someone to read and review it for the Newsletter. I emerged
two or three days later from the hard life of the residents
of Whitton Grange, my children unfed, the clothes unwashed, ironing
undone ... This is a wonderful book dedicated to Janet's stillborn
son Stanley. In it, she deals sensitively with the loss of a precious
baby, and as in real life, the mother's feelings about it do not
just go away as the story progresses. ...So if you can spare a few
days and don't mind loosing sleep as you read by torchlight into
the night, do get this book. Be warned, you may not take our soft
1990's lifestyle quite so much for granted ever again."
The Miscarriage Association Newsletter
I meant to write ages ago to complain about The Hungry Hills.
Hardened commuters are not supposed to cry on the 19.15 from
Kings Cross. Most embarrassing.
D.M. - Herts, England.
The House is in a mess, the kids had to eat at McDonalds and
I'm not getting any sleep - and its all your fault! I just can't
put your brilliant book down...hope you sell millions!
C - Sussex, UK.
I have just finished The Hungry Hills and just had to write
to congratulate you on writing such a fantastic book. You managed
to draw out of this reader every emotion possible. There were some
amazing characters in the book and some wonderfully powerful moments
which quite frankly I don't think I will ever forget. P.D.
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your latest
book. You held my interest from beginning to end so that I felt
quite bereft when I had finished it and eagerly look forward to
your next book.
M - Durham, England.
Many thanks for your wonderful novel. I've added it to my
special section of books written by friends. It arrived just before
Christmas and I read it on Christmas Day. The book brought back
many memories of old family stories of the 'bad old days' of New
England Mills and the resourcefulness of families during the Great
J - Boston, USA.
I am definitely impressed with The Hungry Hills (which I
have read with much pleasure) - your people come vividly to life
and one cares about what happens to them.
D - London, England
I feel as though I must write to you now I have finished your
book to tell you how much I enjoyed it. I found it very emotional.
The tears that were shed at the end of the book were because I found
the end very moving but also because I felt I was losing some good
friends. All I can say is I look forward to the follow up.
J.M. - Northumberland, England.
Loved it...I read and read and read until finally it was
page 500 or so and that was that - where's vol. 2 ?
D.G. - New Zealand.
I took it with me to the north of Scotland and read myself to
sleep in the various youth hostels. I feel as if I know all
your characters and am pleased to know more of that period of history
in the North East of England and certainly sided with the miners.
I enjoyed it tremendously.
M.H. - Florida, USA
Without wishing to patronise in the slightest I have to say
you write a splendid story. In my opinion few are gifted storytellers,
but you have achieved the difficult task of keeping the readers
continued interest in the many characters. Furthermore, you seem
to have the elusive ability of making one feel part of the situation.
I found that I had developed distinct opinions with definite likes
A - Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
I enjoyed it very much and could hardly put it down.
L - Edinburgh, Scotland.
I am filled with admiration for The Hungry Hills; my affection
for the characters grew steadily and now I want to know what happens
to them. You can be assured that I will buy the sequel.
A - Gloucestershire, England.
I have at last had time to read your book and have enjoyed doing
so immensely. I found the insight into life in the Durham pits
quite fascinating and am most impressed with the amount of research
you must have done into the early 20th century mining industry to
get it right.
C - Exeter, England.
I have bought your book The Hungry Hills and have just finished
reading it. I thought it had lots of atmosphere of the 1920's.
I found your book very interesting to read, very well written and
am pleased you have done it well...I wish you good luck for your
G - Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Congratulations. I have greatly enjoyed reading your book. You
have captured the whole atmosphere of the place and the time. I
lived in such a village in the twenties and it is so authentic and
moves me very much. You have a real gift and have given me a lot
of pleasure. I look forward to your next.
B.W. - St Andrews, Scotland.
Couldn't put it down. I thought it was superb - one of the
best books I've read.
H.B. - Peebles, Scotland.
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