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Beggars and Choosers: 1 (Brothers and Lovers Series) [Paperback]

Catrin Collier
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Book Description

11 July 2013 Brothers and Lovers Series
The first in the Brothers and Lovers series by the Welsh Maeve Binchy, Catrin Collier In Pontypridd and the Rhondda in 1905 coal is king and the families who sunk the first collieries are rich. None is wealthier or more generous a benefactor than Harry Watkin Jones. His daughter Sali is about to marry her childhood sweetheart, but tragedy follows tragedy and four years later Sali is a penniless outcast, fleeing from a violent husband and struggling to support herself and her son in a world very different from the one in which she has been brought up. Sali finds work in the home of a family of colliers. Here she and her son find the warmth and love missing from their lives for so long. But unrest and violence have come to the valleys. Caught up in the conflict, Sali finds herself denying her roots, her class, and even sacrificing her son's future, for the sake of the people she loves and the cause they are prepared to die for.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 570 pages
  • Publisher: Xcite Books (11 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909840815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909840812
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CATRIN COLLIER/KATHERINE JOHN/CARO FRENCH/KATHERINE HARDY/K A JOHN -
At present (January 2014) working on Winds of Eden the sequel to Long Road to Baghdad. Look out for my raunchy Caro French Farcreek novels, Lady Luck, Lady Lay, Lady Chance named after the Cullen boys yachts. - Coming very soon.
My most bemused moment. When someone commented, "It will be wonderful for Pontypridd when you die." (Many of my novels are set in the town)
My best "putting in place moment". When someone joined a queue at a signing session in Waterstones and waited ten minutes to say, "I don't want a book, love, but as you're here for two hours, look after my shopping for me." - I did.
My proudest moment, when I discovered my Catrin Collier novel, One Last Summer, based on my Prussian born mother's wartime diaries was named recommended reading for adults by the Holocaust Day Memorial Trust.

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'This was a convincing story with a host of well-drawn characters, from all levels of society. It was difficult to put down.' (HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW)

'In Beggars & Choosers, Catrin Collier shows us that she knows the streets of Pontyprydd and the Rhonda like no one else. The concrete reality of the streets, shops and houses sits easily on the pages of this meticulously-researched novel, warming the hearts I am sure of the millions of readers in the Welsh diaspora... the luscious, sensual detail of the Collier novel and also the highly personal attachment to its region that characterises Beggars and Choosers.' (MSLEXIA)

'Another typically enjoyable novel from the pen of Wales' answer to Catherine Cookson.***' (BOOKCASE)

Catrin Collier, the author of numerous popular and critically acclaimed novels has brought us yet another winner! (SOUTH WALES ECHO)

'Catrin Collier brings this era and people to life. She makes it possible to imagine the living conditions of the people at that time and the class divide between the wealthy and the poor.' (SOUTH WALES ARGUS)

'Beggars & Choosers is quite graphic in parts, but that fits in with the gritty reality of the age. I enjoyed the book as a whole.' (GWENT GAZETTE) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The first in a gritty, nostalgic series of novels set in Pontypridd and the Rhondda at the start of the twentieth century. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inveterate Reader 9 Mar 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the first in a complete series of six books by Catrin Collier - and they are ALL brilliant! The series follows the life of an originally 'well-to-do' Welsh Mine Owners family, main female character is Salli Jones. She writes in a similar style to the great Catherine Cookson, so if you liked her books, you will certainly like these.

The follow on books are: Winners & Losers, Sinners & Shadows, Finders & Keepers, Tiger Bay Blues and Tiger Ragtime. They can all be read independently, but it is SO interesting to be able to follow the adventures and high's and low's of the growing family from book to book. I feel sure future readers will enjoy them as much as I certainly did!

I feel I HAVE to list the whole series, as I myself read the first one out of context, but enjoyed it so much I looked to see what else Ms Collier had written, but it was difficult to tell the order of writing, so hope this review makes things easier for future readers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good 1 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Well she's done it again.Catrin Collier has come up trumps with her new book "Beggars and Choosers".
The story revolves around a young woman called Sali who through a series of events finds herself at the mercy of a vile man well beneath her supposed station in life.The story follows Sali as she battles her way through fear and oppresion to find a place where she can feel safe with a man who will love her the way she deserves to be loved.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beggars & Choosers 5 Jun 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book was excellent. I am now reading the 2nd book - Winners and Losers which is just as good. I shall be buying more of Catrin Collier's books if this is typical of her work. Brilliant. You must read it!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An author with heart and soul 14 Mar 2004
Format:Paperback
I have read all of catrin collier's books, and beggars and choosers continues to put heart and soul into this story. It is the kind of story that pulls the reader right into the pages, and actually feel as if your there right along side of the characters. I have cried and laughed and felt every mixed emotion with the story lines.
I had the pleasure of meeting Catrin Collier in Pontypridd when i lived there, and she has signed lots of my books, i was overwhelmed at meeting such a lovely lady, continue the excellent work Catrin, i'm a true fan. I look forward to your next publication.
Yours truly
Mrs lorraine booth - gosport hampshire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 23 Jun 2014
By Jane W
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the first book in the Brothers and Lovers series. I have read them all and I absolutely love them. They are well written and quickly draw the reader into the storyline. Cannot recommend them more highly if you like a family saga styleof novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beggars and choosers 1 Jun 2014
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Brilliant read, can't put it down once you have started reading . The writer has a fantastic way of writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catrin Collier is a very good Storyteller. 26 May 2014
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This book was compulsive reading and I kept going back to it at odd moments, I will download the next one asap
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beggars and choosers 23 May 2014
By Wendy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book didn't really keep me on the edge of my seat. Not my kind of story. Very well written no spelling mistakes that I noticed, I did complete the book. If u like sagas you will enjoy this. Just not my cup of tea.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Welsh miners
Enjoyed this book from the moment I picked it .it gives you some insight how life was and how they fought for everything they had .would recommend to everyone to read
Published 15 hours ago by Eleri Rees
2.0 out of 5 stars Too slow for me, couldn't get into the story ...
Too slow for me, couldn't get into the story and gave up.

Much prefer to read Annie Murray books, grip you right from the beginning.
Published 2 days ago by Carol Drinkwater
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
Great read
Published 5 days ago by Chris Dodd
5.0 out of 5 stars good story
I have enjoyed this series of books and a previous series my this author as they are set in the South Wales valleys where I live. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JAN VIV
5.0 out of 5 stars r from donny
2nd in the series again very good story line from start to finish.Good story line and carry on fom first book can`t wait for the next one .
Published 2 months ago by rita werrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Beggars and choosers
Fantastic read can't wait to start the second book, would recommend books to anyone especially to people whom know about the miners and their lives
Published 2 months ago by Amazon West ham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Loved this book. Easy to read and captivating. There's a real pull to see what happens to the characters next. Loved it so much I downloaded all the other five in the series. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kaz
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommend
Wonderful book and I'd highly recommend it. Unless your heart is made of ice and you're not empathetic to how some of our ancestors struggled against the odds, be prepared to shed... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kaz and the chicks
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Gripping story, this isjust book one,the others are a must. I am on the second story of this must have series.
Published 2 months ago by R Wakeman
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