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Hobson's Choice

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This comedy is based around the battle of wills between a hard-headed cobbler, called Hobson and his daughter Maggie. Maggie defies Hobson by marrying his most talented worker - the timid and downtrodden Will. She helps Will to develop his potential and together they turn the tables on Hobson.
Hardcover, 99 pages
Published 1992 by Heinemann (first published 1916)
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Rachel
Apr 25, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it
This is a GCSE set text at my placement school and I thought it best that I read it so that when I work with Year 11, I can help them understand it.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and loved the characters. It was satisfying to read and even though I disliked Maggie at the start, I really got to see what she was like throughout.
Hobson runs a show shop and mistreats his daughters, who work, wageless, in running his shop while he goes out and drinks. But when his young shoe-maker employee is prai
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Russio
Feb 11, 2015 Russio rated it liked it
Mildly amusing clash of the generations, as a trio of unmarried daughters, propelled by the most steadfast among them, outmanoeuvre their stern and old-fashioned father, first about marriage and then second in even more significant ways. Set in Lowry era Manchester it is interesting that the play opened in the Us, who would no doubt have great sympathy with the pioneering spirit of young(ish) Maggie, who is the fulcrum of the play's action. Although many readers would find her amusingly bold giv ...more
Ally Atherton
Feb 09, 2013 Ally Atherton rated it it was ok



I only read this book because my son is studying it at high school and I thought it would be an interesting quicky to boost my 52 book challenge. So I borrowed it from him and gave it a go. It is unbelievable how my own family don't understand my obsession and love of reading. My wife was asking 'Why are you reading that?' And my son was asking 'Why are you reading that book, it's a school book?' How many times do I have to say I a writer and as a writer I want to and need to read as many differ
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Den
Feb 20, 2012 Den rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, play
I have a feeling I have read this before - probably for school as I don't tend to read plays for pleasure. This time I am reading it as one of the kids at school is studying it and so I want a heads up before discussing aspects of it with him in prep for his exams.

Hobson is a coobler who owns a shop which lots of ladies and gentleen frequent. His daughters work for him and Maggie, the oldest, manages to sell shoes to anyone who puts a step through the doorway. He doesn't pay his daughters though
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Aershey
Feb 05, 2012 Aershey rated it liked it
Quite interesting to acknowledge the historical content and the social class system between the characters. Never thought I would read this, but since it's part of a English literature I read this book. All the characters are interesting when you analysis and read between the lines, especially Maggie, Willie and Hobson; you see a different perceptive of the unique characters throughout the play. You also see the equality of men and women, and that Maggie is not a typical women of her age.

The the
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Jenny
Nov 19, 2014 Jenny rated it really liked it
Loved this almost as much as the David Lean movie.
Lee
May 26, 2014 Lee rated it did not like it
Woeful thank you please
Renato
Jul 22, 2012 Renato rated it it was amazing
I read this first in school, then watched the film, the play and the ballet(all through my school). For some reason I loved this quite quirky story then and I still do now. I dust it off and still chuckle to myself at Maggie's sharp tongue. So this was its annual outing and I decided to give it a 5*:)
Brian
Jan 02, 2014 Brian rated it really liked it
Shelves: 26-jul-04
As good as the movie.
Mia
May 18, 2013 Mia rated it did not like it
I had to read it for my GCSE English class and it bored me and the entire class
Naweed
Dec 26, 2010 Naweed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A daughters struggle to break away from Hobsons imprisonment.
Steven
Jul 16, 2015 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, british
Feminist and socialist leaning play set in Northern England...
Giles
Nov 16, 2007 Giles rated it liked it
Recommends it for: unsure?
give up.
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arold Brighouse (26 July 1882 – 25 July 1958) was an English playwright and author whose best known play is Hobson's Choice. He was a prominent member, together with Allan Monkhouse and Stanley Houghton, of a group known as the Manchester School of dramatists.

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