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  • Original Sins

  • An Extraordinary Memoir of Faith, Family, Shame and Addiction
  • By: Matt Rowland Hill
  • Narrated by: Daniel Hawksford
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)

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Original Sins

By: Matt Rowland Hill
Narrated by: Daniel Hawksford
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'Isn't everyone's childhood an indoctrination in the more or less deranged outlook of the people who raised them? And isn't growing up for everyone a more or less successful attempt to overcome their conditioning and see clearly, with their own eyes?'

Matt Rowland Hill grew up the son of a minister in an evangelical Christian church in South Wales and then South-East England. It was a childhood fraught with bitter family conflict, the ever-present threat of hell and damnation, and a burgeoning cycle of temptation, sin and shame. After a devastating loss of faith in his late teens, Matt began his search for salvation elsewhere, turning to books before developing a growing relationship with alcohol and drugs. He became addicted to crack and heroin in his early 20s, an ordeal that stretched over a decade and culminated in a period of hopeless darkness. This story takes us to his bleakest, most desperate moments and recounts his struggle towards the light.

Original Sins is an extraordinary memoir. It is a story of faith, family, loss, shame and addiction, but ultimately it is about survival, growing up and learning to live. It's recklessly honest, as funny as it is grave, courageous and compulsive.

©2022 Matt Rowland Hill (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Gritty and well narrated

I love the way this book made me feel uncomfortable. An in-depth look at what it’s like to be an addict.
Great use of vocabulary and brilliant narration.

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An honest and relatable account of addiction

There’s nothing to dislike or like (!) about this moving account of the authors illness. He takes you on a journey and you have to stay until the end.

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amazing!

I absolutely loved this. Reflections of addiction in raw ways that gave a new perspective - I loved Matt's pure honesty.
Beautifully narrated too.

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An authentic account of a life and it’s struggles

A brilliant account of his life so far and in particular his struggles with addiction. Frequently very funny, there is plenty of light and shade which kept me listening for hours at a time. I found this to be a sensitive account which helped me to understand addiction and addictive behaviours more clearly. Matt has a tremendous gift for writing with energy and wit. I found this to be a very authentic account of his life and relationships. It’s so good I’m having trouble choosing my next audiobook. It will take time to let go of this experience. Great narration too by Daniel Hawksford

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Brilliant

This is one of the best books I’ve had the pleasure of listening to in a long time. A must read.

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Loved loved loved this audiobook.

Simply put… a brilliant listen.
Daniel Hawksford reading of Matts wonderful book is perfect.
Beautifully written, both desperate and darkly funny.

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what a story

beautifully written.. harrowing and thought provoking. it was a great read and brilliantly read too

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amazing listen

This is an amazing book. I think each listener will take something different away from this, so hard to describe it and do it justice - just listen to it

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Amazing

I was engrossed from start to finish. Beautiful, raw, honest writing and a fascinating but devastating story. The narration was brilliant too…sensitively read with a gorgeous subtle, lilting welsh accent. I could listen to Daniel reading a shopping list!!
I saw this recommended in the week magazine as book of the week. So pleased I took heed of the recommendation.

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Thought Provoking and Honest

Beautifully narrated and brutally honest account of Matts struggles with addiction- so much so that I will view others in similar situations really differently and will be far less judgmental . I loved this book - I loved Matts style and the fact that now and again humour crept in making a harrowing account more easy to listen to. I can picture his mother with her hands on her hips at her "wits end" - Well done Matt I will look out for other pieces you write as your style is fabulous. This is not an easy read but well worth it. I wish the author well - thank you this book took me well out of my selfish space for a good while!!