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Dan Stevens reads William Fiennes' memoir of his magical childhood in a moated castle in which he grew up with his severely epileptic older brother.

Eight-year-old William makes a playground of the castle's attic spaces and is intrigued by a secret door. Richard experiences dark mood swings, but also finds a new pleasure when he takes up pipe smoking.

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Tue 4 Feb 2014 14:45

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