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Pure As The Lily [Mass Market Paperback]

Catherine Cookson
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5 May 2008

Mary Walton is the apple of her father's eye; his only comfort during the dark years of the Depression when he is faced with both unemployment and a nagging, ambitious wife.

His only hope is that Mary will one day find a way to escape the grinding poverty of the Tyneside slums. But when a secret is revealed these dreams are shattered and the lives of the Walton family change forever. . .

Spanning Mary's life from the 1930's to the 1970's, Pure as the Lily is a spellbinding, unforgettable tale from one of Britain's most cherished novelists.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (5 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055215671X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552156714
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Humour, toughness, resolution and generosity are Cookson virtues . . . In the specialised world of women's popular fiction, Cookson has created her own territory" (Helen Dunmore, The Times)

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The masterful, brilliantly captured story of one girl's attempt to escape her past . . .

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 12 Aug 2010
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The story follows a young girl from Jarrow, through her simple life of service, snatching moments with her beloved father and grandparents, through love, trauma, turmoil and heartbreak at the hands of someone who should have loved her unconditionally. The last chapter first reads as a very different story, I almost didn't carry on, but Keep reading the end chapter turns out to be a chapter that leaves you wanting more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very mediocre. 23 Dec 2012
By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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It maybe that I have just read too many Catherine Cookson books recently but this one in particular I found boring.

It seems that whatever century she is writing about she follows the same formula.........poor girl/boy from poor family meets rich man/woman and lives happily ever after with a few glitches thrown in for good measure.

Fortunately it is a short book so I read it within an hour and was truthfully glad to finish it. Certainly not one of Catherine Cooksons best efforts.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable tale! 2 Mar 2010
By Diana
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Mary Walton is the apple of her father's eye; his only comfort during the dark years of the Depression when he is faced with both unemployment and a nagging, ambitious wife.

His only hope is that Mary will one day find a way to escape the grinding poverty of the Tyneside slums. But when a secret is revealed these dreams are shattered and the lives of the Walton family change forever. . .

Spanning Mary's life from the 1930's to the 1970's, Pure as the Lily is a spellbinding, unforgettable tale from one of Britain's most cherished novelists.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book 21 Feb 2014
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I love Catherine Cookson Books but I found this story a bit drawn out and not to my taste .Prefer her other stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab2 26 Jan 2014
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Swift delivery and product in excellent condition and packaged well.I would recommend to anyone who likes to read - not like a used book - it looks like new and at a great price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not her best book 24 Nov 2013
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not quite finished the book took me a while to get into but have read better from Catherine Cookson books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure as the lily 25 Aug 2013
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I loved every thing about this book. The writing.the way story was described brought it to live.I really enjoyed it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure as the lily 9 Aug 2013
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Yet another classic Catherine Cookson book, for anyone who just loves this author (as I do) it is an essential read.
happy reading Janet
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