Nobody's Child

Nobody's Child

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When Laura Page returns to the remote Holderness village of Welwick, it is to try and discover the mystery of her mother Susannah's early life. Now a prosperous businesswoman in Hull, Susannah never speaks of her childhood, when she was brought up with the terrible stigma of bastardy - of being nobody's child. Susannah's own mother, Mary-Ellen, born into poverty and living in a labourer's cottage, had the misfortune to fall in love with a local landowner's son. She was his one and only great love, but was unable to acknowledge their child and had to watch her growing up in hardship. As the years passed and Laura began to be curious about her mother's past, so too did she become aware of the mystery about her own father.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 106 x 174 x 36mm | 258.55g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552152218
  • 9780552152211
  • 302,242

Review quote

"Valerie Wood's skill takes you through a complicated plot to a magical ending ... a page-turner of the best kind." -- Elizabeth Gill * Mslexia * "This is a story of passion, adversity, heartbreak and enduring love." * Historical Novels Review *show more

About Val Wood

Since winning the Catherine Cookson Prize for Fiction for her first novel, The Hungry Tide, Val Wood has become one of the most popular authors in the UK. Born in the mining town of Castleford, Val came to East Yorkshire as a child and has lived in Hull and rural Holderness where many of her novels are set. She now lives in the market town of Beverley. When she is not writing, Val is busy promoting libraries and supporting many charities. Find out more about Val Wood's novels by visiting her website: www.valeriewood.co.ukshow more

Review Text

"Valerie Wood's skill takes you through a complicated plot to a magical ending ... a page-turner of the best kind."show more

Back cover copy

When Laura Page goes to the remote village of Welwick, it is to try to discover the mystery of her mother Susannah's early life. Now a successful businesswoman in Hull, Susannah never speaks of her childhood, when she was brought up with the terrible stigma of bastardy - of being nobody's child. Born into poverty, living in a tiny labourer's cottage with her father, Susannah's mother had caught the eye of the local landowner's son. She was his one and only great love, but when their daughter Susannah was born he was unable to acknowledge her as his child. As the years passed and Laura in her turn became curious about her mother's past, would she ever uncover the truth about that far off family tragedy? An enthralling new novel by the bestselling winner of the Catherine Cookson Prize for Fiction.show more

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79 ratings
4.07 out of 5 stars
5 44% (35)
4 30% (24)
3 18% (14)
2 4% (3)
1 4% (3)
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