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The Upstart

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  333 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Suddenly risen to power and influence, Samuel Fairbrother, manufacturer and retailer of boots, shoes and clogs, decided that his new station in life deserved a more imposing residence. Accordingly he bought himself a thirty-four-roomed mansion situated on the outskirts of Fellburn. With the house came the butler, Maitland, who at once made plain his belief that Samuel, far ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Corgi (first published March 1st 1996)
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As usual, I enjoyed this book. Catherine Cookson is always a good read. Probably falls somewhere in the mediocre category but quick and entertaining...
Such a great story teller.
I största hemlighet.
This book was published in 1996 by renowned British writer who is now deceased. It takes place in London in the early 1900's and explores the relationship between rich masters and the serving class. This is my second Cookson book, and I have enjoyed both. My hairdresser recommended her and has loaned me her books. I have two more on my shelf and look forward to reading them soon.
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.
As in most of Cookson's books she writes with strong female characters overcoming some miserable circumstance or misfortune. I also love the English accents given her characters. If you like books set in old England and well developed characters, you will enjoy books by Catherine Cookson!
This wasn't my favorite Catherine Cookson novel, but I enjoyed her depictions of class differences in 19th century England. It's a reminder that social status can't be bought, and the nouveau riche won't make the cut into high class society no matter how they flaunt their wealth.
Tammy Cowart
interesting book showing the in England during the late 1800's how new money did not make you as good at the people with old money. Not much has changed in the world has it?
I liked the heroine's strong-willed character. The romance was unusual but capturing and enjoyable to read.
meh. It was ok. Not super great, not super compelling, some interesting butler information...
Tammy Dillardcowart
I enjoyed this book of a young girl growing into adulthood and falling in love with house staff.
Jean Darroch
nice english story. It had everything, mystery, suspense and a romance
Jan 15, 2010 Lea marked it as to-read
Never could get into this book. It is now returned to the library :(
My first Catherine Cookson read. Shes pretty good, I didnt end the book with a feeling I could carry away the character insight, but still a nice read for a historical novel. Character lines are hard to follow sometimes as to who is in the conversation and who isnt. All in All 2.5-3 stars
Janet Randon
Really enjoyed.
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Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock, the illegitimate daughter of a poverty-stricken woman, Kate, who Catherine believed was her older sister. Catherine 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
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