The Hunger




Book information
Author Carol Drinkwater
Series My Story
Publishers Scholastic UK
Publication date April 20, 2001[1] (1st)
May 5, 2008[2] (2nd)
February 5, 2015[3] (3rd)
Pages 208
ISBN 9780439997409
Book in series 1
Preceded by
Followed by Voyage on the Great Titanic

The Hunger: The Diary of Phyllis McCormack is the first book in the My Story series by Scholastic UK. The book was written by Carol Drinkwater, her first in the series. It was first published in April 2001, and reissued in May 2008 and February 2015.


"For my mother, Phyllis McCormack, and in memory of all those who have lost their lives fighting for Ireland or struggled to make a living there."

Book descriptionEdit

"10th November, 1845
Horrible! Horrible! The rot has destroyed most of the potatoes which were wholesome and sound when we dug them out of the ground. Da opened up the pit this morning and found it filled with nothing but diseased mush. All we have left to eat are those that hadn't yet gone underground. "Six months provisions are a mass of stinking rottenness. Where has it come from?" Da kept repeating all morning. "Disease will take us all," he drawled. I felt my skin go cold when I heard him. What are we to do? We'll have to use the rent money to buy food, and then what? If we don't pay our rent, we'll be thrown into the road.

"It's 1845 and blight has destroyed the precious potato crop leaving Ireland starving. Phyllis works hard to support her struggling family, but when her mother's health deteriorates she sets off in search of her rebel brother and is soon swept up in the fight for a free and fair Ireland..."



Main article: List of The Hunger characters


Main article: Carol Drinkwater



See alsoEdit

v - e - dMy Story (UK)

The Hunger | Voyage on the Great Titanic | The Crystal Palace | Blitz | My Tudor Queen | Twentieth-Century Girl
The Great Plague | The '45 Rising | Mill Girl | Transported | Bloody Tower | Mayflower | Suffragette | Slave Girl
Anne Boleyn and Me | Victorian Workhouse | War Nurse | The Queen's Spies | Princess of Egypt | Pompeii
Road to War | Highway Girl | Sophie's Secret War | The Fall of the Blade | Factory Girl | No Way Back
Wartime Princess | Berlin Olympics | Lady Jane Grey | Nowhere to Run | Codename Céline


Civil War | Trafalgar | The Trenches | Battle of Britain | Armada | Crimea | Indian Mutiny | Zulu War | Agincourt | Waterloo
Flying Ace | D-Day | Spy Smuggler | Desert Danger | U-Boat Hunter | Roman Invasion | Viking Blood | The Sweep's Boy
The Storm to Come | Pyramid of Secrets

My Royal Story

Egyptian Princess | Bloody Tower | Victoria | Anastasia | Anne Boleyn and Me | Cleopatra | Marie Antoinette | Elizabeth
Mary, Queen of Scots | Catherine of Aragon | Henry VIII's Wives

My True Story

What If They Find Us? | Hero at Dunkirk | Standing Alone | Give Us the Vote! | Dodger!

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