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The Cinder Path by [Cookson, Catherine]
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The cinder path which led from the Northumberland farmhouse would always symbolise defeat for Charlie MacFell. People saw him as a born loser, a nice chap who always got the dirty end of the stick. At the root of the matter were boyhood humiliations by his brutal father - but was that all there was to Charlie MacFell? Then an opportunity emerged for Charlie to display his inner strengths and integrity, and to give the lie to those who had thought him to be of no account...

The Cinder Path portrays a man in search of himself, and tells a story of exceptional dramatic force which carries the reader from the rural Northumberland of Edwardian times into the holocaust of the Western Front in the First World War.

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1644 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Peach Publishing (24 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TO63H2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,972 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you lke Catherine Cookson you will enjoy this book. It gves a 'warts and all' insight into rural life before, during and after the First World War. It llustrates the struggles of the 'lower class' villagers and the indignities they suffered just to survive and is a social statement on the class struggles of the time and, for the more informed amongst us, can prick the conscious regarding the class struggles that still exist.
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Farmers' life in Northumberland was complete terra incognita for me - and it developed to be very interesting. The fate of two or three families in the decades before and during World War I - with one of the most moving battle-descriptions I ever read - contains half a dozen extremely different characters, who all engage our sympathy though they react of course very differently to the events. The central hero does not seem to be born to manage a farm, but rather to become a professor of literature, - but after coming out of the horrors of the war almost unwounded (having lost quite a number of friends) he decides to go back home and continue what his fore-fathers began. Of course he meets some girls, marries the wrong one, but at last finds what changes his fate to more hopeful prospects.
C.Cookson can write very thrilling dialogues, the background of the farms in Northumberland is well illustrated and the tension between some of the characters keeps the reader's interest up to the end.
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I'm a huge Catherine Cookson fan but this book I struggled to finish and would not recommend. If you are thinking of reading a Catherine Cookson book, look at The Fifteen Streets, The Mallen Trilogy or The Gambling Man.
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If i was asked which of cookson`s books i enjoyed the most, i honestly don`t think i could choose just one - but this one comes very close.
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I was curious to read after watching the story on television. The book was long on description and the characters seem muddled to me. Not my cup of tea
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I have read every CC book there is and this is one of the best. Always satisfied and I have read this many, many times over the years.
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Great reading as always. Saw tv film first but lovedthe book as much more detail.
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