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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1 Mar. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552140392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552140393
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 571,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story of a girl who, given the chance of a new life and seizing the opportunities it brought her, burgeoned into a talented woman of ideals and expectations.

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Even in the heat of battle, Geoff Fulton would always carry with him the memory of the night he was on leave, when his timely intervention rescued fourteen-year-old Lizzie Gillespie from the oldest of perils for a young girl. The year was 1937 and the place a rural enclave of County Durham.

Seeing in Lizzie a girl of spirit, Geoff concluded that she might, with care and training, solve his problem and benefit herself. So, despite a token resistance from Lizzie's slatternly stepmother, it was agreed that the girl should become a companion/helper to his increasingly handicapped mother.

But, in 1943, when Geoff returned wounded from the desert war, it was to find a Lizzie he hardly recognised - mature and highly attractive. For her part, she could see that he was embittered by his experiences at war, for he now displayed a ruthless streak far removed from the caring person she had previously known.

A Ruthless Need tells with power and perception the story of a girl who, given the chance of a new life, burgeons into a talented woman of ideals and expectations, and who comes to realise that she no longer needs the support of a man she once regarded as her saviour. It is a novel that will be hugely enjoyed by Catherine Cookson's millions of readers throughout the world.

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By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Sept. 2012
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This book spans most of the 2nd world war and the horrors that came with it.

When Geoff Fulton saves Lizzie from being raped he then suggests to his semi-disabled Mother that she would make a good companion and maid for her. So Lizzie comes to work at the Fultons and in time, becomes one of the family. It was a given that eventually Lizzie and Geoff would marry in time but Geoff has been having an affair with the promiscuous daughter of the local bigwig. After he is sent home wounded life continues much the same except that now Lizzie has fallen in love with Andrew who is the sone of the local bigwig. This family are totally dysfunctional apart from Andrew and sadly the Fulton family will not accept Andrew into their lives. Janis the daughter is now divorced from her husband Richard who came home from the war dreadfully difigured with burns to his face. It is Lizzie who saves him from killing himself and who sees through his disfigurement to the kind man underneath.

Too much more would be a spoiler so I would suggest if you like Catherine Cookson, you buy this book as it really is a good read. It had me in tears in one place!
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Even in the heat of battle, Geoff Fulton, a professional soldier, would always carry with him the memory of the night he was on leave, when his timely intervention rescued fourteen-year-old Lizzie from the oldest of perils for a young girl, and thereby began to change her life. Lizzie came from a desperately poor home, ruled by a slatternly stepmother only too ready to profit from setting the girl along the same sordid road as her elder sister had been made to take.

The year was 1937 and the place a rural enclave of County Durham, where Geoff had been born and raised in the old farmhouse that remained the home of his parents, even though most of its land had been sold off to neighbouring Low Tarn Hall. There his father still worked as estate manager for the demanding Ernest Bradford-Brown, self-made owner of this and many another property. Anxious about his increasingly handicapped mother and seeing in Lizzie a girl of spirit, Geoff concluded that she might, with care and training, solve his problem and benefit herself. So, after a quick visit to outface the protesting Mrs Gillespie, he was soon back home with his willing protegée.

Then, in 1943, when Geoff returned wounded from the desert war, it was to find a Lizzie he hardly recognised - mature and highly attractive. For her part, she soon came to realise that he too had changed. Embittered by his experiences at war and rejected by Ernest Bradford-Brown's daughter Janis after a lengthy relationship long opposed by her irascible father, to Lizzie he now showed a ruthless streak that was at considerable odds with the caring man who had, all those years ago, rescued her from poverty and deprivation.
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My elderly mum of 92 has always loved Catherine Cookson novels as she comes from the same part of the world as her and she is back reading them thanks to the kindle where she can enlarge the writing to suit her failing eyesight.
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LOVE HER BOOKS. AND I HAVE ALSO GOT ALL THE DVD THAT HAVE BEEN MADE OF HER STORYS I ALSO HAVE THE DVDS AND THE BOOK OF HER LIFE STORYS VERY INTERESTING
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I have so enjoyed this book. It is heart warming. It shows the good and bad in people. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a real story with a happy ending.
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Started this book for the second or third time. Have read all of Catherines books again and again.Paper back Hard back and now on Kindle. Great story teller.
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A ruthless need. Warm and sensitive read, heartfelt to the end.not quite catherine cookson but a lot of her in the writing
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A Catherine Cookson novel. This one, A Ruthless Need, didn't disappoint except that it ended too soon. A great read!
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