The Dwelling Place

The Dwelling Place

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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 siblings alone. Although desperately poor, the strong-willed Cissie determines to build a new home for the Brodies. It is only a rough stone shelter, but to Cissie and her family it is enough to keep them from the workhouse. They have friends, but charity cannot always spare them the harsh reality of their struggle and the bitterness of those who wish them harm. But can love, when it arrives, teach Cissie not to fear the world beyond the dwelling place? Set in the 1830's, "The Dwelling Place" is the powerful tale of a tenacious family's battle to overcome the odds.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 106 x 178 x 30mm | 222.26g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 055214066X
  • 9780552140669
  • 194,962

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"Humour, toughness, resolution and generosity are Cookson virtues...In the specialised world of women's popular fiction, Cookson has created her own territory" -- Helen Dunmore The Timesshow more

About 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 best-selling 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.show more

Review Text

"Humour, toughness, resolution and generosity are Cookson virtues...In the specialised world of women's popular fiction, Cookson has created her own territory"show more

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When fifteen-year-old Cissie Brodie loses her parents to cholera, she is forced to care for her nine brothers and sisters all by herself. Determined and resourceful, Cissie builds a new home for them all, their own little dwelling place. They have friends, but charity cannot always spare them the harsh reality of their struggle and when Cissie incurs the unwanted attentions of a local landowner her world seems very close to collapse. Can love, when it arrives, teach Cissie not to fear the world beyond the dwelling place? A story of hardship, hope and an unbreakable family bond, The Dwelling Place weaves its way through twenty years as Cissie fights to care for her family at whatever cost.show more

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4 37% (554)
3 20% (302)
2 4% (54)
1 1% (18)
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