Pure As The Lily

Pure As The Lily 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

  • Title: Pure As The Lily
  • Author: Catherine Cookson
  • ISBN: 9780552140737
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ofMary 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 the Tyneside slums that had held him a prisoner for so many years.But then something happened to Mary that shattered all his dreams of her future an event that was to split a family and influence its members for generations to follow

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    About “Catherine Cookson”

    1. Catherine Cookson

      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 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 contemporary woman novelist She received an OBE in 1985, was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1993, and was appointed an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda s College, Oxford, in 1997 For many years she lived near Newcastle upon Tyne.

    358 thoughts on “Pure As The Lily”

    1. 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 [...]



    2. I don't think I have ever been disappointed with a book that was written by Catherine Cookson.Read this book a few times over the years and I always enjoy the story. Recommended.


    3. This delightful book covers a number of generations starting with Alice and Alec and their two children, Mary and Jimmy with Mary being "the apple of her father's eye" and Jimmy being his mother's. The book is written three books within one. The first book deals mainly with the first Walton generation, the second book going on into Mary and Jimmy's adult life and their children and Book three dealing with the lives of two of the children produced from Mary and Jimmy (Ben and Patricia) and their [...]


    4. 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


    5. 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.


    6. This book felt real to me, like it didn't conform to the current set of standards used in writing, but that may be because it was published in 1973. I found myself loving the characters, being excited as they found joy and happiness, and aching with them as they went through terrible sorrow.Note: The use of God's name in vain is the only reason it doesn't get 5 stars from me.


    7. This is my first Catherine Cookson book.The storyline is heartbreaking and kind of realistic. I like wartime stories and this is what has particularly appealed to me in the book. However, not that much has been said about the war itself


    8. 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.


    9. "Ta oli leebe ja lihtne, aga tark. Mõned inimesed ei taipa lihtsusest ja sõbralikkusest ja leebusest midagi, nad peavad seda pehmuseks ja rumaluseks, nad arvavad, et sul peavad kurvid logisema, kui sa neid vastu ei ründa. " (lk 252)








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