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Catherine Cookson , Anne Dover
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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May 1999
The only relief Hannah has from her husband's tyranical company is his absence on a Thursday evening. Then she meets David, a man she begins to think of as her Thursday friend. Then an event occurs that destroys, at a stroke, all her husband's prospects, and he plans a bitter retaliation.
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Soundings Ltd; Unabridged edition (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186042581X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860425813
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16.9 x 6.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,635,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A novel about human relationships and the search for happiness. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best 7 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Since getting a Kindle for my birthday I have been catching up on some of the Cookson novels I haven't read and 'The Thursday Friend' has to be one of her best. How Cookson, time after time, creates such engaging plots and characters I don't know, but I've already ordered two more of her novels and will be taking the Kindle on holiday with me this year! This is definitely one for the Cookson fans out there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed-not Ms Cookson's greatest! 24 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I haven't read Caherine Cookson novel in over 30 years but immediately aware that this is not typical of her work.
It started off well for me and tumbled along at a good pace for the first 2/3 of the book although I found David to a little over the top in hs attentions to Hannah.
Hannah's sudden strength of character was not very believable and the verbal indiscretions of her family were also unrealistic in my opinion.
The last 1/3 of this book was filled with a confusing collection of underdeveloped characters some of whom were unnecessary to the story and David's dealings with Micky were vague and unexplained.
I love a rags to riches story and Hannah's good fortune in love and money were inevitable but the gifts in the last couple of chapters seemed to gild the lily.
Could have been a nice read but for me it lacked depth. I much prefer CCs novels set in the North East where I feel she is more comfortable.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cookson Never Disappoints 9 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Once again, Catherine Cookson has written another fantastic novel about human conflict which had me turning the pages. The story features a woman called Hannah whose married to Humphrey, a man who thinks that she shouldn't keep writing, which is what Hannah does. However though at her publisher's she meets David and soon he becomes her 'Thursday Friend' as she calls him who takes her out to the cinema and the theatre. However, their relationship is doomed when her husband Humphrey finds out. Once again, Catherine Cookson has outdone herself having written a novel which is about real people with real problems showing real emotions. So, if you want to read a good book then Cookson is your best bet.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Diana
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Hannah and Humphrey Drayton were regarded by all who knew them as the perfect married couple. However, Hannah soon came to realise that this stuffy, City broker was stifling her with his insistence that she should always comply with his wishes. The only relief she had from his tyranny was 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 and an advertisement in the local newspaper 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. But Humphrey had his own secrets; and when events occurred that he could not control, the outcome for his ambitions was entirely unexpected.

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 displays Catherine Cookson's consummate ability to explore human relationships.

I found this book a wonderful introspective into different facets of human relationships and the possible evolution of love in a married couple.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
At first, the plot does not seem unusual. As events unfold and the lengths that humans may go to in order to fulfill themselves are revealed, one is fascinated by what happens next. While I am not usually sympathetic to female characters who are "pushovers" - seeing the heroine come out of her unhappy life and begin to take charge, made me completely sympathetic with the heroine of this book. I thought that the two best characters in the book were a young girl (Maggie) and an older name (Peter). I continue to love C. Cookson and applaud her 92 years as a Dame of the British Empire, and a talented writer who has brought so much pleasure to so many people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If your a fan of Catherine Cookson then read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book 10 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I found it a very easy reading book and quite emotional in some chapters would definitely reccomend this book to family and friends .
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Thursday Friend 10 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A nice simple story, enjoyable and easy to read. This book was less intriguing than other Cookson stories but still a good book. Catherine Cookson never fails to provide a book that you just have finish. A perfect holiday book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
This is a good read and upto the usual Catherine Cookson excellent story writing. I would recommend this book.
Published 21 days ago by D newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I was captivated with this Catherine Cookson book
From the beginning to the end I could not put it down
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Published 1 month ago by Vivienne Bottrill
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Wouldn't read again.
Published 1 month ago by lala gahle
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thursday Friend
My wife loves this book. She always has been an avid fan of Catherine Cookson, and always be one

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Published 4 months ago by Yorkie
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read.........
A lovely story making you want to read it forever! Didn't want to put it down..... Didn't want it to end
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. E. A. Edbrook
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair enough read
Started out well thought the story was a bit too predictable and the main character a bit of a goody two shoes
Published 4 months ago by Anne Rouse
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I like this author. I will and have read the book - there is nothing more to say so go away.
Published 5 months ago by Ms. Therese Gleeson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this Book
Catherine Cookson is so sorely missed. Looking on Amazon, I saw this title, read a sample then purchased it on kindle. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cookie
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked this a lot.
Interesting and compelling plot, and well thought out characters. It wasn't what I was expecting from Catherine Cookson, but I liked it!
Published 6 months ago by SweetSeraphim
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