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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; Library edition edition (28 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718145143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718145149
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,124,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lesley Pearse's novels have sold over three million copies in the UK alone. Her twelve most recent books, including Gypsy, Faith and Hope, have all been huge bestsellers and are available as Penguin paperbacks. Lesley lives near Bristol, has three daughters and one grandson.

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As 25-year-old Daisy reels from the death of her beloved adoptive mother, she is further shocked by a scrapbook of memories that contains long-hidden information about who she is and where she came from. Her real mother had been a poor young teenage girl from Cornwall and Daisy is determined to find out more. But unravelling the past could risk her future - with her adored dad John and with boyfriend Joel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Lesley Pearse's novels have sold five million copies worldwide. Her fourteen most recent books, including Belle and Stolen - both of which went to Number One - are huge bestsellers and available as Penguin paperbacks. Lesley lives near Bristol and has three daughters and two grandchildren. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Mar. 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Just when you think Lesley Pearse's writing couldn't get any better, it does. A much shorter book in comparison to all her other ones, but no less gripping altho' not so harrowing as her last book "trust Me".
It is only when Daisy's adopted mother dies of cancer that our heroine begins the search for her birth mother and unfolds a tale of innocence corrupted and a family split by greed and misery. My only complaint is this author only manages to write 1 book a year, which in my opinion is too long to wait!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Kwok on 8 Feb. 2004
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Lesley Pearse's Father Unknown is another book that you just cannot put down. The story follows Daisy who embarks on a journey to discover her true heritage. On her journey we discover the reasons why she was given away as a baby, and we learn of the hardship her natural mother went through to survive in a disapproving society.
The book is quite predictable but that's what I really liked about it. This was the third book of Pearse's that I read and I still think she is a fantastic writer. The stories she writes are very emotional and Father Unknown is no exception. The book is so involving it's hard not to like it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "emma7997" on 19 Sept. 2003
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I started reading Lesley Pearse's books when I first read Charlie, since then I've bought more books of her's including, recently bought Till We Meet Again, Never Look Back, Rosie, Camilla, Trust Me and others. Lesley's an amazing author she's become one of my favourites. Now matter how big the book is I always find once I start reading I can't put it now. The stories are so realistic you find yourself becoming part of the story.
You will not be disappointed. You should definately purchase this and many more of her books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Davis on 28 Mar. 2012
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I love Lesleys books, this was of her usual standard of excellent for the first half of the book, but then I found the plot got very predicatable. I guessed the twist in the story, which made reading the rest of the book a bit pointless and disappointing. I am not sure about the automatic inheritance rights as Daisy was adopted out of the family. Never the less, I will kindle my next choice of her books, as I have never been disappointed before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Soupy Doo on 20 Feb. 2011
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I was recommended this book by a friend who lent me a copy. I got the plot first time but didnt understand the title until the end. It is a brilliant book, funny in places but horribly sad in others. It is a very believable story with a predicted twist near the end. A good read for a holiday.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Miriam on 13 Aug. 2002
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I don't normally read many books, but I just happened to pick this one up before I went on holidays (didn't trust the weather!). I have since purchased six more of Lesley Pearses books. I was intrigued from the moment I started reading "Father Unknown" to the moment I closed the back cover (even though the weather was extremely pleasant!) I am currently reading "Charity" by Lesley Pearse, and if it's anything like "Father Unknown" I'll be very happy!!!
There are so many differant aspects in this book you will not want to put it down, between two young girls growing up in extreme poverty and the completely differant lives they end up living to sagas of betrayal and loneliness. It is definately a gripping read.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Big Bertha TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Mar. 2004
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When Daisys adoptive mother dies she starts searching for her real one.
Her search takes her to Cornwall and she uncovers the story of two sisters Ellen and Josie bought up on a farm in Cornwall.
The sisters paths took them in very different directions, Ellen (Daisys natural mother) caring for children and Josie headed for the bright lights and fame as a model and 'the face of the sixties'.
As Daisys search continues she uncovers greed, jealousy and betrayal - all the things that make a good novel.
Great one for the beach!!
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By Alessi Lover TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Aug. 2011
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Father Unkown, is just as good as Lesley Pearse's earlier ones. I have read quite a few of her newer books as well as her previous ones and she just keeps the juices flowing.

If you want a book that has you not wanting to put it down ..... Father Unknown is the one to choose.

I am in the process of reading her earlier books as so much enjoyed the ones I have read todate. Each time I read one I think surely the next cann't be as good or better, but they are.

Lesley Pearse writes full of emotions and how family life for Daisy changes ...... sadness, tears and how family are sometimes fraught with the consequences of what happened some years ago.

A summer read that once picked up, you will need to know how all will end for Daisy.
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