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The following are reviews I came across which might entice some folk here to read 'Cordelia'.

Mr. Graham really cares about his characters and although his major ones may come from stock he can be brilliant with the minor ones. (The Times Literary Supplement, 15 February 1963)

As always, Winston Graham tells a powerful story in masterly style. (Books and Bookmen, June 1963)

The drily desperate conclusion is splendidly managed. (Michael Ratcliffe, The Sunday Times, 3 March 1963)

This novel has shrewd humour and some excellent characterisation (Margaret Willy, The Birmingham Post, 26 February 1963)

Strange and moving A book just right to lose oneself in during these winter evenings. (The Yorkshire Evening News, 16 February 1963)

Enthralling from start to finish. (Marion Lochhead, The Scotsman, 16 February 1963)

Mr Graham is a most careful artist, both in the construction and the writing of his stories This period piece will add to the consideration that now begins to be given to (his) work. (Richard Church, Country Life, 14 March 1963)

a thoughtful, rather slow-moving study of a woman finding her way painfully through a tangle of loves and jealousies. The dialogue is overmodern, but the poverty and prosperity of newly-developing industrial life, the intellectual fireworks of Darwinism, spiritualism [and] free will set the period well. (Celia Dale, Homes and Gardens, June 1963)



-- Edited by Stella Poldark on Monday 15th of October 2018 03:16:37 PM

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Little Henry and any others who may consider reading this book

I have now finished reading this book and shall re-read it sometime soon but only after pausing and thinking it through. It is a story that is full of twists and turns; the reader may think they know what is going on and what will happen but they may be wrong. It demonstrated to me how wide was Winston's talent for story telling. Unfortunately I cannot say more at this stage for fear of spoiling it for anyone else wanting to read it. I hope that others will make it possible to have a discussion about this book.



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I am about halfway through reading 'Cordelia' and I am really enjoying it. It drew me in from the start unlike 'The Forgotten Story' which takes too long to get going and which I have abandoned for now at least. 'Cordelia' will require a second reading I think but it is not all consuming as the Poldark books are. There are only a few characters to get to know. I cannot say more now in case I spoil it for others who may want to read it. Second hand copies are cheap on Ebay or Abebooks.



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Little Henry wrote:

Stella, I ordered "Cordelia" today from Abe Books. Got a very good copy for $1.71 so can't quibble over that price. Also ordered "The Grove of Eagles" as it appeals to me also. Won't get it untill the end of October though. I wonder if anyone else has read it?


Little Henry - Thank you for letting me know. That's great and a very good price! I too have 'The Grove of Eagles' but have never started it.

Now that your copy of 'Cordelia' is on its way to you, I must continue with my reading of it as I am a slow reader. Already though I can see I shall need to read it at least twice as there is a lot to take in and think about, as always with WG's books.

I am looking forward to discussing these books with you in due course.



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Stella, I ordered "Cordelia" today from Abe Books. Got a very good copy for $1.71 so can't quibble over that price. Also ordered "The Grove of Eagles" as it appeals to me also. Won't get it untill the end of October though. I wonder if anyone else has read it?



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I'll try that.



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Little Henry wrote:

I'm in London right now so thought I would have a look in some book stores but not sure if I'll be able to fit it in. Fly home to Canada in 5 days so will check out those sights. I use Abe Books a lot.


What a pity. Can you not buy the edition on Ebay - the one I sent the link to - and have them send it to your address in Canada? It's very cheap.



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I'm in London right now so thought I would have a look in some book stores but not sure if I'll be able to fit it in. Fly home to Canada in 5 days so will check out those sights. I use Abe Books a lot.



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Little Henry - I have now got further with 'Cordelia' and am enjoying it a great deal. It will re-pay re-reading. It drew me in from the start so I can thoroughly recommend it. I'm not sure where you live but Ebay or Abebooks will have copies and they are not at all expensive.

Here is a link to one on Ebay UKhttps://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cordelia-Winston-Graham-1969-Book-67246/132770576307?hash=item1ee9be37b3:g:KGMAAOSwj4dbkGEY to a very low priced copy

I hope you will be able to get a copy as I would love to be able to discuss this book with you.



-- Edited by Stella Poldark on Wednesday 19th of September 2018 12:29:39 PM

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Little Henry wrote:

Thank you. I have always wondered which "other" WG book to read and it sounds like Cordelia will be it. I shall try to get a copy.


Oh that sounds good. A friend lent me a Fontana copy but the print was too small so I got my Ward Lock from Ebay UK for about 7. I am looking forward to having some interesting conversations.



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Thank you. I have always wondered which "other" WG book to read and it sounds like Cordelia will be it. I shall try to get a copy.



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I have now read the first seven chapters of this book. It drew me in from the start which contrasts starkly with 'The Forgotten Story" which I finally gave up on but which I may return to. Already I am enjoying it - a book you cannot put down.

Cordelia (first published by Ward Lock n 1949) is, I think, definitely worth reading and I hope others will read it so that I have someone to discuss it with.



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"Cordelia has all the excellent Victorian ingredients - guilty love, surrender, pathos and comedy. It is enthralling from start to finish. - Scotsman.

"Cordelia lives in an England full of musty tradition and priggishess....but fights to live her life the way she wants it." Books and Bookmen.

"Cordelia is the daughter of a clockmaker who marries the son of a self-made magnate and falls in love with Stephen who runs a music hall. The family prayers, the flare of the gas, the solemn, elaborate meals....this is the real world". - Times Literary Supplement.

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"Here is a novel in the great storytelling tradition. It has wit, suspense, fine and true characterisations, and a strange and moving love story of a girl with beauty and independence of mind whose rich capacity for love and gaiety was not always in harmony with the traditions of Victorian England.

In October, 1866, Cordelia Blake married Brook Ferguson of Grove Hall. There were three reasons for the marriage, and these were Cordelia's youth, her health, and her good manners - in short Frederick Ferguson's requirements for his son's second wife...."


I am about to start reading this book. In addition to the reviews above, it comes highly recommended from a friend. I hope others might decide to read this so there can be some discussion on the forum.



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"Cordelia has all the excellent Victorian ingredients - guilty love, surrender, pathos and comedy. It is enthralling from start to finish. - Scotsman.

"Cordelia lives in an England full of musty tradition and priggishess....but fights to live her life the way she wants it." Books and Bookmen.

"Cordelia is the daughter of a clockmaker who marries the son of a self-made magnate and falls in love with Stephen who runs a music hall. The family prayers, the flare of the gas, the solemn, elaborate meals....this is the real world". - Times Literary Supplement.

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"Here is a novel in the great storytelling tradition. It has wit, suspense, fine and true characterisations, and a strange and moving love story of a girl with beauty and independence of mind whose rich capacity for love and gaiety was not always in harmony with the traditions of Victorian England.

In October, 1866, Cordelia Blake married Brook Ferguson of Grove Hall. There were three reasons for the marriage, and these were Cordelia's youth, her health, and her good manners - in short Frederick Ferguson's requirements for his son's second wife...."



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