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The Empty Hearth [Paperback]

Kitty Neale
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Book Description

7 Mar 2007

'Dad loves Mum - loves her to the point of obsession. He's jealous when she shows us any affection.'

Set in Battersea in the Fifties and Sixties, the Pratchett family have to contend with coalman Alfie Pratchett's obsessive jealousy. Although Alfie is a bully, his two teenage children, John and Millie, have learned to dodge him and his moods. The main concern of ugly duckling Millie - who looks nothing like her handsome brother John - is to protect their mum, Eileen.

When a serious crisis occurs at the Pratchetts' home, Alfie is forced to watch his whole world gradually collapse around him. Their old life has gone forever, and a new one has begun - one in which rape, debt, alcoholism and insanity play their parts. And redemption is a long time coming¿

Kitty Neale is a storyteller of rare power, unafraid to uncover the dark secrets that lie behind the well-scrubbed doorsteps of family homes.


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (7 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752880926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752880921
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 2.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kitty Neale has proved herself to be a storyteller of rare power who is unafraid to uncover the dark secrets of family homes... Neale goes to the heart of a troubled family with a deft touch and a powerful insight. (WIGAN EVENING POST, 14 Jan)

A gritty tale (BELLA)

Gritty... Neale makes Cookson's earthiest stories look a little tame. (PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH, 28 Jan)

A good read. (WESTERN DAILY PRESS, 14 Jan) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A wonderfully gritty, heart-warming novel in the vein of Maureen Lee from the author of OUTCAST CHILD

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3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting but easy read 3 May 2009
By Rebecca
Format:Paperback
To me this book dealt with serious issues in a rather 'hollywood' style. Eeverything was always going to turn out alright, the couple would always get together and the wrong doing would be forgiven.
However I would say it was still a satisfying read, it won't stay with me forever but it entertained me for a few days.
Worth a read if you fancy something interesting but not too taxing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 11 Sep 2013
By Angie
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I love all Kitty Neale books. She is an awesome writer and you really get into the story really early on. Hope she continues to write many more books. I most certainly will be on the lookout for other books when they appear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Empty Hearth 9 Sep 2013
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I loved this book following the families and their lives, awaiting the outcome as I read on and couldnt put the book down. Its worth every penny im goin to purchase another book by Kitty Neale. Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 29 May 2013
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This is a lovely book, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. It is full of twists and turns, and keeps you interested right the way through to the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The empty hearth 23 May 2014
By sue z q
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This is the third book I have read of Kitty's in 10 days they are all so appealing I love all the different characters and of course the happy endings
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3.0 out of 5 stars True,but a dream,May my happen !!! 4 April 2014
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A good story, well written. May you write many more. I have read a number of your stories, l like them very much. Keep writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read. 3 Mar 2014
By maggie
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Found this to be one of her best stories i have read. kept me enthralled from start to finish, although quite sad in parts it did end on a happy note.
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3.0 out of 5 stars kitty neale does it again! 12 Feb 2014
By jojo
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Fantastic story line, sad at times , Kept me hooked till the end, didnt want it to end! Was gutted when I reached the last page as I wanted to know what happens to millie in married life and if she has children and just everything !!!!
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