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Riley [Paperback]

Catherine Cookson
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Book Description

1 Oct 1999

There were many who said of Riley (as he was almost always known) that in his early life he appeared to be older than his years. With a harsh childhood behind him, he left school with little in the way of knowledge but brimful of optimism, and secure in the knowledge that one of his teachers, Fred Beardsley, had faith in him; although at the time neither of them could have envisaged how the other was to influence the course of their lives.

Fred Beardsley, who much to everyone's surprise had become acquainted with and married Louise Barrington, a teacher at his school, within a matter of weeks, ran into Riley while they were on their honeymoon in Paris. Riley said he'd won first prize in a talent competition - hence his presence, with his uncle, in the city for the weekend. In addition, he told the happy couple that as a result of winning the competition he had been offered a 'position' at The Little Palace Theatre in Fellburn.

Fred and Louise, who suspected that the 'position' was probably that of a dogsbody, nevertheless encouraged Riley, whom they knew to be an expert mimic. After a time, however, it became clear to them that Riley had actually been appointed assistant stage-manager. And then he surprised them by forming a close friendship with the leading lady, thirty-something Nyrene Forbes-Mason, who he claimed was nurturing his burgeoning talent as an actor. What Riley hadn't told them, however, was that he had great hopes of the relationship developing into something more than friendship...

Over the subsequent years, Fred and Louise observed with amazement the rise to fame and fortune of this remarkable lad, as did as did his parents and all those who knew him. As for his relationship with Nyrene, that did indeed change; although the manner in which it progressed was not quite as Riley had planned.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552141550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552141550
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The relationship between a young man and an older woman.

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There were many who said that Riley appeared to be older than his years. He finished school at an early age, leaving a harsh childhood behind him, brimful of optimism and secure in the knowledge that his teacher, Fred Beardsley, had faith in him. Neither of them could have envisaged at the time how their lives would be intertwined.

Fred encouraged Riley, a gifted mimic, when he was offered a position at The Little Palace Theatre in Fellburn. And then Riley surprised Fred by forming a close friendship with leading lady, Nyrene Forbes-Mason, who was nurturing his burgeoning talent as an actor. What Riley hadn't told him was that he had great hopes of the relationship developing into something more.

Over the subsequent years, Fred observed with amazement Riley's rise to fame and fortune. As for his relationship with Nyrene, that did indeed change although not in the way that Riley had envisaged.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Help please 13 July 2014
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My book on Riley doesnt have this figure on the front page - it have two masks. I think it is an old version probably l990s - it just ends on page 567 - any comments on this please
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me I'm afraid. 27 Feb 2014
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Sorry just couldn't get into this book. I found it extremely boring. Perhaps I should have kept going with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riley 13 Dec 2013
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Reading this book at the moment,excellent story line. Would recommend to my friends.Would buy from again. Excellent service. Many thanks!.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riley 6 Aug 2013
By biggran
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Everyone of Cathrine Cookson's books are very very good. Once it is picked up it is hard to put it down, it is so good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 11 Mar 2013
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i just love catherine cookson books & this is one of her best, she really knows her part of the world & its people. although she writes potenialy love stories there is so much depth to them.
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