The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845–1849

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The Great Hunger
First edition (UK)
AuthorCecil Woodham-Smith
SubjectThe Great Famine in Ireland, 1845–1849
PublisherHamish Hamilton (UK)
Harper and Row (US)
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover & Paperback)

The Great Hunger is a 1962 book about the Great Famine in Ireland in 1845–1849 by British historian Cecil Woodham-Smith. It was published by Harper and Row and Penguin Books.

The British broadcaster and journalist Robert Kee described it as, "A masterpiece of the historian's art." Historian Denis Brogan said that it was "A moving and terrible book. It combines great literary power with great learning. It explains much in modern Ireland – and in modern America."[1]


  1. ^ These quotes are from the Penguin edition of The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849, 1962.

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