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The Golden Straw [Paperback]

Catherine Cookson
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Book Description

6 Oct 1994

It all began with a straw hat. A large, broad-brimmed hat, dyed in an elusive mixture of colours to produce a distinctive shade of pale gold, it was presented to Emily Pearson by her long-time friend and employer Mabel Arkwright, milliner and modiste, whose establishment under the name of The Bandbox was situated in a discreet corner of the West End of London. And it was to her employer - known to her clientele as Madam Arkwright - that Emily owed not only the gift of The Golden Straw, as it had been named, but eventually the business itself, for her friend had more and more come to rely upon her as time went by.

After Mabel Arkwright's death, Emily, exhausted by the extra work that had fallen upon her shoulders and exasperated by Dr Steve Montane, her late employer's young and plain-spoken physician, took herself off to the South of France to stay at an hotel previously and warmly recommended by Mrs Arkwright. It was now 1880, and many fashionable guests were staying at the hotel in Nice, among them Paul Anderson Steerman. It was from the balcony of his room that he first noticed The Golden Straw, worn by Emily as she arrived from England. But although it was the hat that first held his attention, his admiring gaze quickly turned to Emily herself, and throughout the time of his stay he paid her unceasing attention.

But Paul Anderson Steerman was not all he seemed to be, and he was to bring nothing but disgrace and tragedy to Emily, for the traumatic months following her return to England were but a prelude to a series of events that would influence the destiny not only of her children but her grandchildren too, as the new century dawned, the First World War came and went and still she was alive to reflect on all that had resulted from the gift of the hat.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (6 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552136859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552136853
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An absorbing portrayal of English life from the heyday of the Victorian era to the stormy middle-years of the present century.

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The Golden Straw, as it would be named, was a large, broad-brimmed hat presented to Emily Pearson by her long-time friend and employer Mabel Arkwright, milliner and modiste. And before long it was to her employer that Emily owed the gift of the business itself, for Mabel was in poor health and had come to rely more and more on Emily before her untimely death in 1880.

While on holiday in France, Emily and the Golden Straw attracted the eye of the Paul Steerman, a guest at the hotel, and throughout his stay he paid her unceasing attention. But Paul Steerman was not all he seemed to be and he was to bring nothing but disgrace and tragedy to Emily, precipitating a series of events that would influence the destiny of not only her children but her grandchildren too.

The Golden Straw, conceived on a panoramic scale, brilliantly portrays a whole rich vein of English life from the heyday of the Victorian era to the stormy middle years of the present century. It represents a fresh triumph for this great storyteller whose work is deservedly loved and enjoyed throughout the world.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Golden straw 8 Feb 2012
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A very good read, I read it on my Kindle, Brilliant. Recommend this book nice light reading for holiday, I enjoyed very much.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me. 9 Sep 2012
By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I am a huge fan of Catherine Cookson but somehow this book didn't grab me at all. It seemed to ramble in places and then when further characters started coming in, it became confusing as to who belonged to who etc. I am also rather surprised that the subject of Incest played a pivotal role in the book. That must have shocked a few readers years ago.

There are much better Catherine Cookson books than this in my humble opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MY FAVORITE AUTHOR 10 Feb 2013
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ANOTHER GREAT BOOK FROM CATHERINE., SHE NEVER LETS ME DOWN, WHAT A GREAT WRITER. I JUST CANNOT PUT THEM DOWN.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Straw 20 May 2012
By Sheila
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I have read many many Catherine Cookson books and this is another which I just could not put down. A fantastic read and would highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Straw 19 Mar 2013
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This book was very slow to start with, then i could'nt put it down. A bit disappointing towards the end.
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