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The Siege of Trencher's Farm (1969) is a novel by Britishmarker author Gordon Williams and first published by Secker & Warburg. Sam Peckinpah based his film Straw Dogs (starring Dustin Hoffman) on it. It has more recently been republished with the same title as the film, Straw Dogs.

Differences between the book and movie

  • Henry Niles and Janice Hedden never meet in the book. Hedden suffers from exposure in the snow, while Niles has murdered three girls before the novel began.
  • Janice Hedden is a mentally-disabled eight-year-old girl, not a teenager with a fancy for David Sumner or Henry Niles.
  • David and Amy Sumner (in the film) are named George and Louise Magruder, respectively, in the novel.
  • George and Louise have an eight-year-old daughter, Karen, in the novel.
  • In the novel, none of the besiegers die. Instead, they are badly injured and face charges.
  • In the novel, Charles Venner is not related to the Heddens and does not besiege the house. He is married and never was in love with Louise.
  • There are no rapes in the novel.



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