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The Whip [Paperback]

Catherine Cookson
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Nov 1984
Emma inherited her father's skill with the whips and knives which he used in his act in an early-Victorian travelling show. This strange legacy was to play a significant part in shaping Emma's destiny after she'd been orphaned at seven and sent to live with an unknown grandmother in County Durham.
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (Mm); Reprint edition (Nov 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671465457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671465452
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,651,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Someone had once told Emma Molinero that she was made for trouble, and certainly it had dogged her steps from childhood onwards. Her earliest memories were of life with one of the many travelling shows - part fair and part circus - that toured the shires at the dawn of the Victorian era. But at the age of seven she found herself an orphan who, in accordance with her Spanish father's dying wishes, must now leave the warm and friendly community to live with an unknown English grandmother far to the north in County Durham. With her she took the whips and knives used with such dexterity by her father for his act and for which she had an inherited skill: a strange legacy that would play a significant part in shaping Emma's destiny.

Spanning the middle decades of the nineteenth century The Whip is one of Catherine Cookson's most powerful novels, rich in character and incident and featuring Emma as one of her most endearing heroines. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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

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4.0 out of 5 stars 'A great storyline' 21 July 2012
A great storyline, engaging. It gave an insight into what life was like in those days. If you like romance mixed with drama and history then we recommend this book. We were a little disappointed with the ending but nevertheless it didn't take away from the fact this is a great Catherine Cookson Classic and our book reading group always ran over time when reading this. We gave it 7 out of 10 in our own scoring system.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved the story 16 May 2014
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really enjoyed this book from start to finish, wished it was longer. Could`t put it down no housework done until it had ended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emma Molinaro endures more suffering than most Cookson women 13 Aug 2001
By "iluvds9" - Published on this typical Catherine Cookson page-turner. The orphaned Emma is brought to live with her reluctant grandmother on a country farm. Life is hard. Emma endures very hard work, the abuse of her employers, and suspicion of her Spanish background.
Emma's great beauty and strenth of personality cause some men to love her and some men to hate and want to punish her for seeing through them. Circumstances force her to accept marriage from a decent enought young farmer Barney but her life is harsh, and she must endure the hatred of her brutal brother-in-law Luke, who eventually punishes both Emma and Barney in a particularly horrific fashion.
Emma must also bear the heartache her selfish, promiscuous daughter brings to the family, but she remains a good woman, working herself to exhaustion on the farm when her husband becomes disabled, and refusing to become bitter. I wish Emma had been allowed to use her Whip in a more dramatic, rescuing fashion, like Ayla and her slingshot in Clan of the Cave Bear, but it tends to serve more as a symbol in this novel.
Emma's relentless hard times depressed me more than usual, I don't think the other Cookson heroines suffer quite this much, except maybe Katie Mullholland or Tilly Trotter.
In any event, this is another superb Catherine Cookson I'd highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Whip 24 Feb 2003
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This was the first Catherine Cookson book I've read. It was also the saddest. It seemed that bad things just kept on happening to her, although the book did have a good ending. It sure took a long time for her to find happiness. Catherine Cookson is my favorite author because her stories are so realistic and almost everyone of her books I've read so far have made me cry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner and a must read 12 Mar 2013
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In the 80's this story was part of a reader's digest condensed book. I lost the book years ago and since I was a teen when I read it I forgot the name of the author and the title of the book I only remembered the plot. After some searching I was glad I found this gem. I finished reading it in less than a week (I had to go to work can't read all day) I love this book. Emma suffering was epic and I felt one of her enemies deserved a few cracks of the whip. Even though I loved the book I did not like it when Emma's suffering hit an unnecessary level of brutality. Even with that being said the late great Catherine Cookson's The Whip is a wonderful read. The images and the characters truly come to life and at the end you hate to tell Emma goodbye.
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read by Catherine Cookson 27 Jan 2014
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Most of Cookson's stories involve some dark themes and descriptions of horrible living and working conditions and this one is no different. The heroine of The Whip, however, Emma is subjected to even more trauma, violence and heartbreak than most of Cookson's main characters. It's a sad but fascinating story.
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 12 Jan 2014
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I first read this in a reader's digest condensed book. Love that I've finally been able to read the whole story. Such great emotion. gets me every time.
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