bookshelves: radio-4x, published-1992, autobiography-memoir, winter-20132014
Read from February 01 to 07, 2014
BBC description: Dan Stevens reads William Fiennes' memoir of his magical childhood in a moated castle in which he grew up with his severely epileptic older brother.
From wiki: This fictionalized memoir of his childhood and his epileptic brother is set in (the never identified) Broughton Castle. It has been described as "a beautiful poem of a tribute to his family, his parents, the magical, moated castle that was his home".
1. The five-year-old William is preoccupied with fishing for pike in the castle's moat. Richard's seizures become increasingly worse, and a severe form of epilepsy is diagnosed.
2. Eight-year-old William finds a secret door in the attic. Richard suffers dark mood swings, but enjoys pipe smoking.
3. Richard is captivated by a heron, but is also gripped by a furious black mood.
4. Richard's behaviour is increasingly problematic, but there is still pleasure to be found.
5. William, now 17, prepares to leave home and Richard finds a more even keel.
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