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Summary

From Frazzles to foie gras: a memoir of wanting more.

From an early age, Grace Dent was hungry. As a little girl growing up in Currock, Carlisle, she yearned to be something bigger, to go somewhere better.

Hungry traces Grace’s story from growing up eating beige food to becoming one of the much-loved voices on the British food scene. It’s also everyone’s story - from treats with your nan, to cheese and pineapple hedgehogs, to the exquisite joy of cheaply made apple crumble with custard. It’s the high-point of a chip butty covered in vinegar and too much salt in the school canteen, on an otherwise grey day of double-maths and cross country running. It’s the real story of how we have all lived, laughed and eaten over the past 40 years.

Warm, funny and joyous, Hungry is also about love and loss, the central role that food plays in all our lives and how a Cadbury’s Fruit ‘n’ Nut in a hospital vending machine can brighten the toughest situation.

This audiobook also includes a fantastic exclusive interview between Grace Dent and Jay Rayner, where they discuss memories, family and, of course, food!

©2020 Grace Dent (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Extraordinary. Vivid, irreverent, heartbreaking." (Nigel Slater)

"So funny and so delicious. I could eat it." (Dawn O’Porter)

"Charming, readable and resonating...this is British comfort food in book form." (Stylist

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Emotional....nostalgic......fabulous

This is the first audio book I’ve listened to since the Famous Five in 1989. I’m so happy I chose to listen to Grace tell her beautiful story, I’ve spent the last two days, laughing and crying not wanting it to end. I intended on buying a hard copy but listening to her dry sense of humour just added the cherry on the cake. So many things relatable, it feels like a very honest story x

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Loved every second!

I laughed. I cried. But most of all it took me back to my childhood and adolescence. I think Grace must have been a fly on the wall in our house. It really was one of those books I didn’t want to end

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Brilliant

Grace's story struck so many chords with me. I loved listening to her describe a very similar childhood to my own and admired the way she was determined to live a different life, yet not dismissing where she came from. Now when I see her walk on to a set with shoulders back and chin up, I will know what she's thinking. Good for you Grace, you make me smile and feel proud to be a woman.

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Didn’t want it to end

So many memories rekindle about my food in my youth and my youth growing up in the 80’s And brought bang up to dates with the sorrows of ageing parents. Love every second. Thank you Gracie

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Wonderful in every way

This is a beautiful story that touches your heart. Grace narrates it beautifully and it is a joy to listen to. I didn't know who Grace Dent was as I don't read the papers but I'm so glad I listened to her story

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Best autobiography I’ve listened to this year....and there’s been a few

I have loved Grace Dent from afar for quite some time and was excited and hesitant about listening to her autobiography. What if she was not as funny or honest as she has always been. I didn’t need to worry. She’s all that and more. We are 2 years apart and her working class background similar to my own but I am a southerner. I laughed, cried and every other emotion in between as I devoured this audio book in 2 days. Hearing her tell her own story makes it that much more engaging. And I know I will listen to this again. Definitely recommended. Thanks Grace Dent, you rock!