The Siege of Trencher's Farm

First US edition, filmed in 1971 as Straw Dogs


Gordon M Williams


William Morrow, New York, 1969
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Printing Details

First US edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 21.5 × 14.5cm, 222pp [1]

American academic George Magruder and his English wife Louise have left the city streets of Philadelphia in search of a little tranquility. At Louise's wishes, they have rented an isolated stone house in England and are spending an icy winter in the remote Cornish village of Dando. But their arrival is greeted with suspicion—and hostility. Their first shock comes when their little daughter Karen stumbles across an odd object in the snow. Discovering first a piece of tabby fur, and then a leg, she finds their pet cat: strangled. Something is seriously amiss. And when Henry Niles, a convicted child murderer, escapes across the moor and a local girl goes missing, the Magruders become the unwitting targets of a primitive and brutal violence. This novel is a disturbing evocation of how an insular, xenophobic society can react to an outsider. It is also a shocking exploration of the violence at the heart of even the most mild-mannered of men, asking the question: how far will a man go to protect his family and his home? Filmed as Straw Dogs in 1971, directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George.


The book is in very good condition, but with a previous owner's name inked out to the half-title. The dustwrapper is sound, with some lifting to the laminate cover to the front panel. It has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.

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