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Valerie Wood
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23 Sep 1993
In the slums of Hull, at the turn of the eighteenth century, lived Will and Maria Foster, constantly fighting a war against poverty, disease and crime. Will was a whaler, wedded to the sea, and when tragedy struck, crippling him for life, it was John Rayner, nephew of the owner of the whaling fleet, who was to rescue the family. Will had saved the boy's life on an arctic voyage and they were offered work and a home on the headlands of Holderness, on the estate owned by John Rayner's wealthy family. And there, Will's third child was born -- Sarah, a bright and beautiful girl who was to prove the strength of the family. As John watched Sarah grow into a serene and lovely woman, he became increasingly aware of his love for her, a love that was hopeless, for the gulf of wealth and social standing between them made marriage impossible. Against the background of the sea, the wide skies of Holderness, and the frightening crumbling land that meant so much to them, their love story was played out to its final climax.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (23 Sep 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552141186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552141185
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A powerful love story set in the north east of England. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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In the slums of Hull, at the turn of the eighteenth century, lived Will and Maria Foster, constantly fighting a war against poverty, disease, and crime. Will was a whaler, wedded to the sea, and when tragedy struck, crippling him for life, it was John Rayner, nephew of the owner of the whaling fleet, who was to rescue the family. Will had saved the boy's life on an arctic voyage and they were offered work and a home on the headlands of Holderness, on the estate owned by John Rayner's wealthy family. And there, Will's third child was born - Sarah, a bright and beautiful girl who was to prove the strength of the family. As John Rayner, heir to the family lands and ships, watched Sarah grow into a serene and lovely woman, he became increasingly aware of his love for her, a love that was hopeless, for the gulf of wealth and social standing between them made marriage impossible. Against the background of the sea, the wide skies of Holderness, and the frightening crumbling of the land that meant so much to them, their love story was played out to its final climax. Valerie Wood is the first winner of the Catherine Cookson Prize which was set up in 1992 to celebrate the achievement of Dame Catherine Cookson.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hungry Tide 29 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The Hungry Tide is a wonderfully engrossing romantic story.
Ms Woods weaves a tapestry of characters and the daily life of the East Yorkshire coast of the late 17th/early 18th century. The characters are well defined, especially showing the disparity between rich and poor of that era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Read! 28 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I would say the best book I have so far read from Valerie Wood. You feel as if you are there with the characters who are likeable. Story is about a couple who should not love each other as the main character is from a poor family and she falls in love with the son from a wealthy family. Some nice little twists and turns at the end to keep you guessing, the sort of book you want to be left alone to read - with the fire on and a nice cup of tea!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read! 6 April 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I always thoroughly enjoy Valerie Wood's books!

I lived for many years in Hull and know the Holderness area well. I get totally absorbed in both the stories and the settings. I liked the Cookson books, though think her writing was pretty poor: ungrammatical and prententious. I enjoy other regional historical writers, but am totally wrapped up in Wood's work once I start reading.

I always wait eagerly for her next book !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable 11 Sep 2008
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Format:Paperback
Valerie is the winner of the Catherine Cookson Prize and this is very much the style of her writing.It's a real feel good love story with all the characters brought vividly to life.You will become engrossed and won't want to put this book down.This was my first book by this Author but have now read a second and ordered another three.Recommended to all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Novel 11 Jan 2014
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I first met Valerie in 2013 when we were guest speakers at the Wetherby Festival. I subsequently had the pleasure of interviewing her in November 2013 at the launch period of her twentieth novel. I hadn't read any of her novels beforehand and decided to read her first The Hungry Tide. It is a beautiful story and being a romantic at heart .. where else .. I would recommend it most fervently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb 26 Dec 2013
By Lesley
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Love this book - just finished it for the 3rd time. Super storyline and really good historical content, especially if you know Hull and the Holderness Coast. Think this was Val Wood's best book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 July 2014
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good book could not put it down
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read 8 July 2014
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easy reading although plot a bit slow at times. Have read better books by this author. didn't hold my attention forlong
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5.0 out of 5 stars as usual,a great read
Really enjoyed this book. Very descriptive, characters you want to find out more about and a lovely storyline. Read more
Published 14 days ago by K. Muir
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Couldn't put it down
Published 23 days ago by Julie Wellman
5.0 out of 5 stars I hate finishing a book
Lovely story as all Val Wood books are. I hate finishing a book, I feel like I have lost a friend.
Published 26 days ago by Jackieed
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by BF
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read about my home area
Loved it. Largely because it was set in and around my home town. Good storyline too but then I always like Val Wood books
Published 2 months ago by robbieg007
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
As with all the Val Wood books I have read, I found this a very enjoyable book. Would recommend if you like this style of historical fiction
Published 2 months ago by Golden Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars this was the second time I read it
I had forgotten that I had already read this book some time ago, but it was well worth reading again.
A gripping story.
Published 2 months ago by janet leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Val Wood makes a good story
well up to my expations for Val wood. A good story with twist and turns. A recomended read for thoes who like a relaxing read.
Published 3 months ago by P. L. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I loved this book it was another can't put down till I have read it I recommend you read it it's brilliant
Published 3 months ago by Ella Bella
5.0 out of 5 stars This was my wife's read, which she says' was great
This book follows the usual trend,same era same type of Characters but nonetheless a captivating read, written to a very high
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