Pure As The Lily
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Pure As The Lily

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Mary 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 102 x 174 x 38mm | 222.26g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 055215671X
  • 9780552156714
  • 127,407

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Mary Walton was the apple of her da's eye. For long now he had been out of work, and Mary was his only comfort during those dark years of the Depression, when unemployment and a nagging, ambitious wife gnawed away at his self-respect. Once he was a man who had held his head high with Geordie pride; now his only hope was that Mary would escape from the grinding poverty of the Tyneside slums that had held him a prisoner for so many years. But then something happened to Mary that shattered all his dreams of her future--an event that was to split a family and influence its members for generations to follow...show more

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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 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.show more

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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"show more

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Mary 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 great hope is that Mary will one day find a way to escape the grinding poverty of the Tyneside slums. But when a shocking secret is revealed the dreams of the Walton family change forever. . . Spanning Mary's life from the 1930s to the 1970s, Pure as the Lily is a spellbinding, unforgettable tale from one of Britain's most cherished novelists.show more

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316 ratings
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4 35% (110)
3 29% (91)
2 8% (24)
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