The Wingless Bird

The Wingless Bird

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Even the approach to Christmas fails to excite restless Agnes Conway, the twenty-two-year-old manager of the sweet and tobacconist shops owned by her feckless father. There are dark secrets in Arthur Conway's past, and these come tragically to light when Agnes's younger sister falls pregnant by one of the notorious Felton brothers. And Agnes herself has a secret, which she knows she must keep from her father: her relationship with Charles Farrier, son of a local landowner, who outrages his own wealthy, pious family by proposing marriage. However Charles is not the only man who could shape Agnes's furture, as his brother Reginald makes no secret of his admiration for her. But she could not have foreseen how significant a part he is to play in her destiny... The Wingless Bird is an absorbing story of love and the harsh realities of Britain's class more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 106.68 x 167.64 x 33.02mm | 113.4g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • TV Tie-In
  • 0552145157
  • 9780552145152
  • 284,139

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 more

Review quote

"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 Times *show more

Back cover copy

Even the approach of Christmas fails to excite spirited, young Agnes Conway, stuck behind the counter of her cruel father's sweetshop. Agnes is desperate for a life other than this, and her luck changes when, one day, she falls in love with wealthy landowner Charles Farrier. Agnes must keep their relationship from her father at all costs, but she soon discovers that she's not the only one keeping the truth under wraps. When her younger sister falls pregnant by the local bad boy, dark secrets emerge from her father's past that will change the course of all of their lives forever . . . The Wingless Bird is a pertinent, compelling story as old enemies, illness and war test the mettle of a love that knows no 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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628 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 31% (194)
4 38% (236)
3 25% (157)
2 6% (37)
1 1% (4)
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