Pure as the Lily
By (author) Catherine Cookson
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Pure as the Lily by Catherine Cookson
Book DescriptionMary Walton is the apple of her father's eye; his only comfort during the dark years of the Depression when he is faced with both unemployment and a nagging, ambitious wife. His only hope is that Mary will one day find a way to escape the grinding poverty of the Tyneside slums. But when a secret is revealed these dreams are shattered and the lives of the Walton family change forever...Spanning Mary's life from the 1930's to the 1970's, "Pure as the Lily" is a spellbinding, unforgettable tale from one of Britain's most cherished novelists.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780552156714
(178mm x 106mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Corgi Books
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 5-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Catherine Cookson
Dwelling Place, Paperback (November 2016)
County Durham, 1830s. When fifteen-year-old Cissie Brodie loses her parents to cholera, she is forced out of the family cottage and left to raise her nine brothers and sisters by herself. Although desperately poor, strong-willed Cissie determines to build a new home for them all, their own little shelter to keep them from the workhouse.
Black Candle, Paperback (July 2016)
Yorkshire, 1880s. At nineteen years old, Bridget Dean Mordaunt inherits her father's candle and blacking factories. Determined to restore the businesses to their former glory, by the time she turns twenty-three she is running them as confidently as any man. But despite her success, trouble is looming.
Tinker's Girl, Paperback (April 2016)
Cumbria, 1870s. Just before her fifteenth birthday Jinnie Howlett is offered a position as maid-of-all-work at a farm near the Cumbrian border. She hopes this will be a welcome relief from the workhouse she knows too well. But when she meets her brutish employers Jinnie realises she has only exchanged one life of drudgery for another.
Upstart, Paperback (June 2011)» View all books by Catherine Cookson
One of the best-loved authors in North America takes a long-term look at a newly wealthy family in turn-of-the-century England and the clashes of will between the upstart head of the household and the very proper butler, who's secretly in love with the master's daughter.
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Author Biography - Catherine Cookson
Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock, the illegitimate daughter of a poverty-stricken woman, Kate, whom she believed to be her older sister. She began work in service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married Tom Cookson, a local grammar-school master. Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer - her novel The Round Tower won the Winifred Holtby Award for the best regional novel of 1968 - her readership quickly spread throughout the world, and her many bestselling novels established her as one of the most popular of contemporary women novelists. After receiving an OBE in 1985, Catherine Cookson was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1993. She was appointed an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford, in 1997. For many years she lived near Newcastle upon Tyne. She died shortly before her ninety-second birthday, in June 1998.
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