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The Lady On My Left [Paperback]

Catherine Cookson
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5 Nov 1998

Alison Read, orphaned when she was two years old, had for some years lived and worked with Paul Aylmer, her appointed guardian. Paul, an experienced antique dealer whose business thrived in the south-coast town of Sealock, had come to rely on Alison, who had quickly learned the trade.

But when he had asked her to value the contents of Beacon Ride, a chain of events was set off that led to the exposure of a secret he had for years managed to conceal. As a result, Alison's relationship with Paul came under threat and she knew that only by confronting the situation head-on would her ambitions be realised.

Part-mystery, part-love story, and with its fascinating glimpses of the world of antiques in the 1960s, The Lady on my Left displays yet another facet of Catherine Cookson's remarkable talent.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (5 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552145696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552145695
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Part-mystery, part-love story, set in the world of antiques in the 1960s.

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Alison Read, orphaned at the age of two, had for some years lived and worked with Paul Aylmer, her appointed guardian. Paul, an experienced antiques dealer whose business thrived in the south-coast town of Sealock, had come to rely on Alison, who had quickly learned the trade.

But when he asked her to value the contents of Beacon Ride, a chain of events was set off that led to the exposure of a secret he had for years managed to conceal. As a result, Alison's relationship with Paul came under threat and she knew that only by confronting the situation head-on would her ambitions be realised.

Part mystery, part love story, The Lady on my Left displays yet another facet of Catherine Cookson's remarkable talent.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read and page turner 14 Jun 2004
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Format:Audio Cassette
An unusual relationship between girl Alison Read and guardian Paul Almyer which turns into love, is set in the background of the antique world, around the time of the 50s or 60s although the book is not clear on this. One could tell it is pre 70s because pounds, shillings and pence are mentioned and that the period is post war.
Into their cosy set up, a woman from Paul's past threatens what they have setting off a chain of events.
Even though Alison sees the 'other side' of Paul who nearly knocks her around for 'spying' on him, she is still determined to marry him?
But Catherine Cookson was always a more a complex writer than a straightforward romantic writer. I've read her other books by her about heroines who still married the men they loved, even when they returned from the war disfigured or crippled which I find moving and she seems to point out that love conquers all. But is she likewise protraying that love conquers all when the heroine decides to make a go of it with a man who was nearly violent to her, even though there was no mention of an apology from the his side? - there is no guarantee that he may not be violent towards her in the future either. But then it was in the days when women were expected to put up with a lot from their men and still love them.
Apart from the relationship between Alison and Paul, the mystery keeps you in suspence until the end so in a way, this book is different from her other books.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read! 21 Mar 2000
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Format:Paperback
I'm not a huge fan of Catherine Cookson's other novels but I enjoyed reading this book. In this book, Ms.Cookson will keep you turning the pages as well as touch your heart. Clearly Catherine Cookson has surpassed herself with this novel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 15 Aug 2014
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I have long been a fan of this author and her canny way of understanding people and how they think and feel. This is another insightful and wonderfully written story where realistic characters are brought easily to life within this beautifully told romance - without sentimentality or scenes that make you cringe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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Very enjoyable read
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5.0 out of 5 stars good product 6 Mar 2014
By alan
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Very good product and it is easy to use and I would not hesitate to recommend the product to others
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5.0 out of 5 stars Present for Mother 15 Feb 2014
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Arrived on time and was just as I expected. Bought for my elderly mother as it was the only one of Catherine's books she hadn't read. Thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars lady on my left 16 Jan 2014
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I have read this book many time and will read it many more time I am a great Catherine Cookson fan
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