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The Thursday Friend [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Cookson
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Book Description

A novel about human relationships and the search for happiness.

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Hannah and Humphrey Drayton were regarded by all who knew them as the perfect married couple. However, all was not as it appeared on the surface, and after years of tyranny and loneliness, Hannah could no longer bear this stuffy City broker. The only relief she had was from his absence on Thursday evenings, when he played bridge with a group of acquaintances, and at weekends, which he spent with an elderly couple who regarded him as the son they had never had.

Hannah, in despair and in the face of her husband’s ridicule, took refuge in her writing, and it was the completion of a book for children that took her to the office of a publisher, a visit that was to change her life. There she was to meet David Graventon, an assistant to the publisher, and a man she was soon to think of as her Thursday Friend.

Taking advantage of Humphrey’s absences, she and David would meet and talk, visit the theatre and the cinema – activities she had never enjoyed with her husband. He, of course, knew nothing of Hannah’s ‘other life’, being preoccupied with protecting what he imagined were his future interests. And even when he became aware that she was seeing someone his thoughts of revenge were hamstrung by a secret of his own.

Then an event occurred that was to destroy all his prospects, causing him to plan a bitter retaliation for what he regarded as his wife’s betrayal. As for Hannah, her Thursday Friend was to become the saviour of her very existence – but would he manage to resolve his own not inconsiderable personal difficulties and offer Hannah the happiness she craved? With its deceptively simple theme, The Thursday Friend is a remarkable novel that explores the complexities of human relationships.

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On the face of it, there was no reason to believe that Hannah and Humphrey Drayton were not happy and content in their marriage. However, all was not as it appeared on the surface, and after years of tyranny and loneliness Hannah finally decided that she could no longer bear this stuffy City broker.The only relief she had from his overbearing company was his absence on a Thursday evening, when he played bridge with a group of acquaintances, and at most weekends, which he told her he spent with elderly relatives who had brought him up after his parents died.

In despair, and despite Humprey's ridicule, Hannah had taken refuge in her writing, and it was a visit to the office of a publisher that was to change her life. There she met David Craventon, a man she was soon to think of as her Thursday friend. Taking advantage of Humphrey's absences, she and David would meet and talk and visit the theatre or cinema, activities she had never enjoyed with her husband. At first Humphrey knew nothing of Hannah's 'other life', being preoccupied with protecting what he regarded as his future interests. And even when he became aware that she was seeing someone else, his thoughts of revenge were hamstrung by a secret of his own.

Then an event occurred that was to destroy, at a stroke, all his prospects, causing him to plan a bitter retaliation for what he regarded as his wife's betrayal.

As for Hannah, her Thursday friend was to become the saviour of her very existence - but would he manage to resolve his own not inconsiderable personal difficulties and offer Hannah the happiness she craved?

With its deceptively simple theme,"The Thursday Friend" is a remarkable novel, one which displays Catherine Cookson's consummate ability to explore human relationships.

About the Author

Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock, the illegitimate daughter of a poverty-stricken woman, Kate, whom she believed to be her older sister. She began work in service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married Tom Cookson, a local grammar-school master. Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer - her novel The Round Tower won the Winifred Holtby Award for the best regional novel of 1968 - her readership quickly spread throughout the world, and her many best-selling novels established her as one of the most popular of contemporary women novelists. After receiving an OBE in 1985, Catherine Cookson was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1993. She was appointed an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford, in 1997. For many years she lived near Newcastle upon Tyne. She died shortly before her ninety-second birthday, in June 1998.
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