The Gillyvors

The Gillyvors A century or so ago there lived at Heap Hollow Cottage situated near Fellburn in County Durham a man and a woman and their six children By all appearances they were a close and loving family Yet acr
  • Title: The Gillyvors
  • Author: Catherine Cookson
  • ISBN: 9780552136211
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Gillyvors
    A century or so ago there lived at Heap Hollow Cottage, situated near Fellburn in County Durham, a man and a woman and their six children By all appearances they were a close and loving family Yet across the happy facade lay a shadow that had lengthened and darkened with the passing years For the father and mother were not husband and wife, which meant that, to the narrA century or so ago there lived at Heap Hollow Cottage, situated near Fellburn in County Durham, a man and a woman and their six children By all appearances they were a close and loving family Yet across the happy facade lay a shadow that had lengthened and darkened with the passing years For the father and mother were not husband and wife, which meant that, to the narrow and bigoted minds of the Victorian rural community, the offspring of Nathaniel Martell and Maria Dagshaw were base born gillyvors in country parlance, bastards.Anna, the elder daughter, was entering womanhood resolved to face the legacy of her birth and the challenges it must continue to bring her Her journey through life would not be an easy one and only her inborn courage and zest for life would sustain her quest for fulfilment and happiness.
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  • Catherine Cookson

    Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock, the illegitimate daughter of a poverty stricken woman, Kate, who Catherine believed was her older sister Catherine 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 contemporary woman novelist She received an OBE in 1985, was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1993, and was appointed an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda s College, Oxford, in 1997 For many years she lived near Newcastle upon Tyne.

  • 219 Comments

  • I enjoyed this, it was right up my street Another rags to riches story, which I love The father was rather mean to Anna, and she felt hurt when he decided to do something about his will I was surprised at her refusal of one gentleman, but the one she chose was a better talker More in tune with her She describes the way of life of a large family very well.


  • Another wonderful book by CooksonI loved the humanity of the bookCatherine Cookson has a way of drawing you in, you can t wait to find out the end, but don t want it to end.I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys stories of triumph over adversity.


  • It really followed the rule, starting small, slowly and gradually making to upwards, then an insane climax and everyone happy at the end I really loved the end Because somehow I got the feeling that Anna won t be able to marry Timothy Somehow she will end up in a bottomless pit of depression in the end Nothing good will happen to her But at the end, it awed me how everything turned out in Anna s favour So no matter how harsh the story was, as the saying goes All s well that end s well.Timothy an [...]


  • It started of well and intriguing, but somewhere close to the end it escaladed into a lot of events that I couldn t relate to or for that matter appreciate reading I know the book wouldn t have been the same without them so I don t think they should be left out, lets just say the book wasn t really my cup of tea However I couldn t stop reading and it kept me constantly on my tiptoes and I wasn t able to put the book down I m well impressed by all the emotions conveyed in the book that effected m [...]


  • it was a mean as book bro but it was kinda sad because some people are very naughty naughty naughty.1 i was bored and had nothing to read2 a book written before 1980 it is very old3 i couldnt find anything on this book SIGH 4 people used to be very mean if you were born a bastard5 SImon was my faourite characeter because even though anna was born a bastard and her parents were a disgrace he still loved her and treated her as an equal.i liiikkekeeeee paaancccaaakkkeeessssss 3


  • A really good book one of her best.Back Cover Blurb Set in County Durham 100 years ago, this is the story of Nathaniel Martell, Maria Dagshaw and their six children bastard offspring or gillyvors The book is about the children s quest to resolve the legacy of their birth This book has everything family trauma, love, loss, hatred and shame.


  • This was a long book and to begin with I felt for the whole family but as it progressed my empathy went out to their children, especially Anne who had the brunt of everyone including her fathers selfishness But she came out better than them all A good read


  • best book ever i can read it a thousand timesOOOOHHHH mr timothy is the best gentleman of all timed catherine cooksone is the best authour before me.



  • I enjoyed this one, mainly because the story covered how much our lives are influenced by our background and prejudice.


  • Nineteenth century England with all of it s people, their love, hate and sheer bigotry of those who don t fit the mold A wonderful read.


  • Haven t read Catherine Cookson for years Have always enjoyed historical novels and this one was no exception.








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