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Riassunto: The Harrogate Secret is a tour de force of historical imagination, a story with an enthralling plot, thick with the intertwining stories of richly drawn characters, and a brilliantly detailed portrait of the oppression of the poor by those who reaped the rewards of the British Empire. But most of all, this is a story of romance.
Born into grinding poverty, ten-year-old Frederick Musgrave spent his childhood living by his wits. Agile in mind and body and never more so than when navigating his little boat across the swift-flowing waters of the Tyne between the busy seaports of North and South Shields. The shillings he picked up running messages and smuggled goods, evading the ever-watchful eyes of the customs agents, helped to feed his family amidst the endless battle for survival fought by so many in this year of 1843.
But one night a mission took this small runner to the house at The Towers, where madness had been known to lurk, and there he witnessed a scene of unremitting horror. His silence was bought and the tide of his life shifted. He gained the patronage of Miss Maggie Hewitt, the middle-aged sea captain?s daughter who was to play a major role in shaping Freddie?s life and fortunes as he grew to manhood.
But years later the madness at The Towers again threatens, and Freddie must once more rescue his hard-won happiness and security from cruel fate and escape the long shadow cast by Roderick Gallagher, whose power and influence threatened all who crossed his path.
The Harrogate Secret is one of Catherine Cookson?s most powerful and ingeniously devised novels, a tale rising to a suspenseful and exciting climax.
Dal risvolto interno:
Young Frederick Musgrave was never more agile than when navigating his sculler across the waters of the Tyne between the busy seaports of North and South Shields in 1843. Already his services were in demand as a carrier of messages and certain small packages for those whose activities made them the target of the Customs and Excise men.
As well as agile, Freddie was also reckoned to be lucky, but on such a night as brought him to The Towers, the home of Mr Roderick Gallagher, both luck and courage were to be tested to the limit.
From that night on, things really began to happen to Freddie, and the best of them came when he gained the friendship and patronage of Miss Maggie Hewitt, who was to play a major role in shaping his life and fortunes. But he would still need all his luck and resourcefulness to escape the long shadow cast by Roderick Gallagher, whose power and influence threatened all who crossed his path...
THE HARROGATE SECRET--one of Catherine Cookson's most powerful novels, is a tale imbued with the very spirit of old Tyneside, and rises to a climax as suspenseful and exciting as any she has devised.
Titolo: The Harrogate Secret (G K Hall Large Print ...
Casa editrice: G K Hall & Co
Data di pubblicazione: 1989
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro G K Hall & Co, 1989. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG0816146675
Descrizione libro G K Hall & Co. Hardcover. Condizione libro: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Codice libro della libreria 2560078218
Descrizione libro G K Hall & Co. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fair. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Codice libro della libreria G0816146675I5N10
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Book Condition: Good. Codice libro della libreria 97808161466734.0
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria 97808161466733.0
Descrizione libro G K Hall & Co, 1989. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Very good. Codice libro della libreria HH-058-57-1494801
Descrizione libro G K Hall & Co, 1989. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Lrg. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0816146675