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Pure As The Lily
Catherine Cookson
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Pure As The Lily

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  221 ratings  ·  14 reviews
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 t ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 1st 1993 by Corgi (first published January 1st 1972)
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Tara Chevrestt
This started out as a five star book, focusing on a teenage girl named Mary in 1930s England. Mary has an incredibly controlling, domineering mother, a frightened wimp of a brother, and a father that doesn't seem to know what to do with himself. The drama and scandal enfolds with Mary getting pregnant by a man old enough to be her dad. This has serious repurcussions as her dad in a fit of anger attacks Mary's lover and future husband. A bout in jail leaves him even worse off and causes Mary's mo ...more
Fred Ann
A wonderful family read. the strength of family and love is all ia well as ends well. Mary had dedicated her life to those she loved, not seeking for herself. When Mary is finally on her own unencumbered with the responsibility of family; an old love returns seeking her out..... and a happily ever after theme triumphs
I read all of Catherine Cookson's books some years ago and enjoyed them immensley. I recently re-read all of them and find that on a second look I found them all so very predictable, and was rather disappointed. However I'm sure that it is my tastes that have changed not the calibre of her story telling.
Gena Lott
Cookson's books are so well researched and I love her characterizations and description. She often writes about down-and-outers, but shows how they can change their approach to life. She is also a very spiritual writer, even though the words may not reflect religion specifically.
Simplistic and evocative. A period piece complimentary to the era. Unforgettable!
I think this has to be my favourite CC book. Well worth a read
Like all her novels it offers splendid value.
Cant go wrong with a bit of Catherine Cookson!
Mary's father disfigures the man she loves.
Honestly, I didn't expect a happy ending.
Cassettes in 1996. Still a Fave!
Nice story, classic Cookson.
Reanne Malett
one of my fav cookson books
Joan Hill
really enjoyed this book
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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 ...more
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