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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (6 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055214438X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552144384
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 604,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A novel about human relationships and the search for happiness.

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On the face of it, Hannah and Humphrey Drayton were happily married. But after years of tyranny and loneliness, Hannah could no longer bear the stuffy City broker. The only relief she had was every Thursday evening, when Humphrey played bridge, and at the weekends, which he told her he spent with elderly relatives.

In despair Hannah took refuge in her writing, despite Humphrey's ridicule, and a visit to a publisher's office changed her life. There she met David Craventon, whom she began to think of as her Thursday friend. They would meet and talk and visit the theatre or the cinema. At first Humphrey knew nothing of Hannah's 'other life' but even when he became aware that she was seeing someone else, his thoughts of revenge were frustrated by a secret of his own.

Then an event occurred that was to destroy all Humphrey's prospects, causing him to plan a bitter retaliation for what he regarded as his wife's betrayal. And before very long, Hannah's Thursday friend was also to become her saviour.

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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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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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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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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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The story was under developed and unsatisfactory. The two main characters, Hannah and David, set in the leafy suburbs of London were caricatures of steroetypes of 'posh' people and gushed and swooned ridiculously about their 'love at first sight'. Their conversations, meetings and behaviour was very contrived and neither character was believable. I felt the author didn't understand these people and was unsure how to make them behave. The 'salt of the earth' members of Hannah's family were much better portrayed and it is a pity Catherine Cookson didn't make them the centre of her story. She understands these people and they are the essence of her successful books set in the North-East,a part of the country she knows. I don't recommend this to Catherine Cookson fans. I found the story very disappointing and it ended abruptly as if the author had run out of ideas.
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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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