The Wingless Bird
Even the approach of Christmas, 1913, fails to excite the restless Agnes Conway, the twenty-two-year-old manager of her feckless father's adjoining sweet and tobacconist shops.There are dark secrets in Arthur Conway's past, and these come tragically to light when Agnes's younger sister becomes pregnant by one of the notorious Felton brothers.And Agnes herself has a secret,...more
On the eve of World War I, Agnes Conway manages both the business and the problems of her troubled family. She finds the strength to break class barriers and help her sister Jessie marry a good boy from a family of dockside toughs. Is she strong enough to break them again when Charles Farrier, a gentleman, courts her over his parents' opposition? Agnes faces an added dilemma when she finds her heart divided between Charles and his soldier brother Reginald.
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Back Cover Blurb:
Agnes Conway has had to put up with a violent father, who owns adjoining sweet and tobacconist shops; a mother who doesn't care and a flighty sister who becomes pregnant by one of the notorious Felton brothers. Although Agnes still loves them all she spends her time working in the family shop hoping for a life of her own.
Then all at once she discovers that things are not right with her family, her parents hate each other ...more
Saw this movie on Netflix and although it was a good movie, I felt I was missing some I information that was vital to the plot. As usual the book delivered what some many movies fail to capture. Well worth the read for the hopeful romantic types.
I did not read this book but I streamed the movie adaptation via Netflix:
"The Wingless Bird" (TV mini-series 1997)
One of the user reviews at IMDb sums it up nicely:
"This is typical Cookson territory, really. There's high drama, attempted murders, disgrace, scandal, and a swathe of upper class snooty horrors...
"'The Wingless Bird' is engrossing, if predictable, far ...more
Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer - her novel The Round Tower won the Winifred Holtby ...more