The Temptation of Eileen Hughes

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The Temptation of Eileen Hughes
First US edition
Author Brian Moore
Publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux (US)
McClelland & Stewart (Canada)
Jonathan Cape (UK)
Publication date
Pages 211

The Temptation of Eileen Hughes, published in 1981, is a novel by Northern Irish-Canadian writer Brian Moore. It portrays a quiet young shop assistant from Northern Ireland and her relationship with her rich employers Bernard and Mona McAuley who take her on a trip to London.

The New York Times, while appreciating the qualities of Moore's earlier novels, was critical of this one for being "so sketchy, anemic and hurried that one is led to wonder what has gone amiss. For not only is character largely unexplored here – and humor absent – but Mr. Moore tells his story in so perfunctory a manner that it is as if he is merely going through the motions of a narrative this time."[1]

Television adaptation[edit]

A TV film based on the novel was made by the BBC and broadcast in the United Kingdom on 3 April 1988. Directed by Tristram Powell, the film starred Angharad Rees, Ethna Roddy[2] and Mary Duddy.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Oates, Joyce Carol (August 2, 1981). "A Tale Of Love And Idoltry". New York Times. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ Roberts, Jerry (2009). Tristam Powell. Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors, vol. 1. Scarecrow Press Inc. p. 458. ISBN 9780810863781.