Sinead Talks about 'The Dutch House' by Ann Patchett

Sinead Talks about 'The Dutch House' by Ann Patchett

‘The Dutch House’ has all the ingredients of a dark fairy tale - the beautiful house, the distant father, the disappeared mother, and the cruel stepmother and stepsisters.

Cyril Conroy, a self-made property magnate, surprises his wife, Elna, with the purchase of a mansion – known locally as the Dutch House. But Elna absolutely hates the house and is completely overwhelmed by it.

Not long after moving in, Elna walks out the front door abandoning her two young children, Maeve and Danny. The heartbroken children are left with their cold and distant father.