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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007146167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007146161
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 725,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Josephine Cox was born in Blackburn, one of ten children. At the age of sixteen, Josephine met and married her husband Ken, and had two sons. When the boys started school, she decided to go to college and eventually gained a place at Cambridge University. She was unable to take this up as it would have meant living away from home, but she went into teaching - and started to write her first full-length novel. She won the 'Superwoman of Great Britain' Award, for which her family had secretly entered her, at the same time as her novel was accepted for publication.

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Praise for The Journey:

‘A gentle but in-depth love story.’ Ireland on Sunday

Praise for Josephine Cox:

‘This latest novel from the nation's biggest-selling saga writer is….one for true romantics.’ You

'Cox's talent as a storyteller never lets you escape the spell.' Daily Mail

'Impossible to resist.' Woman's Realm

'Driven and passionate.' Sunday Times

'Irresistible storytelling.' Books magazine

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Some journeys are the loneliest to make...

Three strangers are thrown together by chance. It’s an encounter which is destined to change all of their lives forever.

Ben Morris experiences an unsettling sensation when he comes to the aid of Lucy Baker and her daughter Mary, intrigued by the story that lies behind their frequent visits to the local graveyard.

Later, at their home, an old Edwardian house to which he is sent, Ben is invited into a place suffused with secrets of the past. His instinct that Lucy harbours something momentous proves true as she begins to relate a tale of passionate love and an extraordinary sacrifice.

Lucy’s story of Barney Davidson, his family, and her girlhood, with its tragic events, is a spellbinding one and one which, even in the present day exerts a powerful influence...

--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ex libris on 19 Aug 2011
Format: Hardcover
Oh dear...there is no redeeming feature I can think of. The writing style is juvenile at best, the plot liberally dotted with cliches at every page turn, geographically and socially risible and the great sacrifice, the secret I ploughed through the book to discover - completely at odds with the character almost written and so stupid as to have no credibility at all. I am no cultural snob but for a waste of paper this takes some beating. A book I would not even give to a charity shop. Did I mention I didn't like it?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R McG on 12 July 2006
Format: Paperback
This was the first Josephine Cox book I have read.

I read through it VERY quicky. I liked her style of writing, the characters were lovable, I found the book very intriguing from the very first page, but I do have to admit I found the plot somewhat far fetched.

Why would Barney not go to America, set his family up for a better future, and die happy knowing their lives had improved and they would survive when he left them.

I thought there would be some deeper, dark secret.

Having said all that, I will be now moving straight onto the follow-up 'Journeys End' to find out what happened to the other characters :-)
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Oct 2005
Format: Paperback
joseohine cox has outdone herself again with this wonderful book. A tale of a mans love for his family and how he sacrifices everything to protect his family. A truly inspiring story of love between family and friends and how the actions of one man can destroy his family and save themall at the same time. this book is definately one for reading as soon as possible and i promise you will not be able to put this book down once you start reading it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. Newington on 26 Dec 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you like contrived sentimental love stories you will be happy with this book. The ending is liberally furnished with loose ends so you will then be able to buy the next in the series.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jane M on 4 Jan 2006
Format: Paperback
Having read an excerpt from this novel as a short story in Woman’s Weekly last year and been looking forward to the paperback coming out ever since. I was not disappointed as spell binding read from start to finish. The way the book spans the decades to bring this realistic story alive is brilliant. I didn’t want to put this book down, really looking forward to the Sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenna on 10 Feb 2007
Format: Paperback
Having read several Josephine Cox novels in the past and enjoyed most if not all of them I was looking forward to settling down with "The Journey."
The style of writing is good as always, hence the 2 stars, butI found the plot totally unreal and unbelievable. This is a very talented author but this story I found irritatingly disappointing.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Carole Halpin on 18 Nov 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have just read The Journey by Josephine Cox. I never wanted this book to end, I was gripped by it and I can't wait for the next book called Journey's End to come out in February.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tangerina on 12 July 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I picked this up when at a loose end, and almost abandoned it half way, but was hoping for some dramatic twist near the e nd - in vain. I have to say I found the plot totally implausible and the characters' motivations unconvincing. Moreover, the long introductory part which serves only as a frame for the main narrative seems redundant, all it does is allow us to know the end before we start the story. This was the first Josephing Cox book I read, and I think it will probably be the last.
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