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The Bird of Night

Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
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Summary

Francis Croft, the greatest poet of his age, was mad. His world was a nightmare of internal furies and haunting poetic vision. Harvey Lawson watched and protected him until his final suicide. From his solitary old age Harvey writes this brief account of their 20 years together and then burns all the papers to shut out an inquisitive world. The tautness and control that characterize Susan Hill's work are abundantly evident in The Bird of Night as she magnificently handles the heights and depths, the splendours and miseries of madness and friendship.

©1976 Susan Hill (P)2017 Audible, Ltd.

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Deeply moving and so brilliantly written.

Would you listen to The Bird of Night again? Why?

Yes - read the book and find out.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can't choose between Francis and Harvey.

Which character – as performed by Cameron Stewart – was your favourite?

He performs Francis and Harvey utterly, brilliantly.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entire book moved me.

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Such an accomplished writer.

This novel won't be for everyone- not a great deal happens in terms of plot, but the construction of a relationship is incredible- the reader really believes in the two protagonists and feels great empathy for them. A startling novel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-12-18

Beautiful story

a very moving story about friendship and illness. Narration was good but I felt it to be a little over the top at times.
Would definitly recommend!

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