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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (6 Oct. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552136859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552136853
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,836 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. H. Mansfield on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Sept. 2012
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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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ANOTHER GREAT BOOK FROM CATHERINE., SHE NEVER LETS ME DOWN, WHAT A GREAT WRITER. I JUST CANNOT PUT THEM DOWN.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheila on 20 May 2012
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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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrs yvonne twigge on 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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