The Thursday Friend Paperback – 6 Jul 2000
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book is was easy to read and I kept going back to it on holiday a good story and interesting charactersPublished 5 months ago by Lorraine Jones
Enjoyable story, believable characters, but I was disappointed in the ending,needed more sustenance .it just seemed to stop. x xPublished 7 months ago by debzp