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The Upstart is a new historical novel from Catherine Cookson set amidst the roiling social currents of rural England at the turn of the century. Risen to power and influence, Samuel Fairbrother, a shrewd and newly monied manufacturer and retailer of boots, shoes, and clogs, has decided that his new station in life deserves a more imposing residence. When a thirty-four-room mansion on the outskirts of Fellburn becomes available, he snaps up the estate without hesitation and establishes himself as the owner of the property he sees as the emblem of his wealth and a suitable reward for his new, exalted status in the business world. Along with the house, however, Fairbrother inherits the services of a staff of servants headed by Maitland, the butler, who makes no effort to disguise his disdain for his new boss. So begins a clash of wills between master and man, in which Samuel Fairbrother soon realizes he is at a distinct disadvantage. Not only is Maitland urbane and apparently well educated, he is ingenious at maintaining a position of indispensability. Fairbrother is all too aware that he dare not do without Maitland's services and is forced to conclude that he will never win this conflict. And so an uneasy truce is declared between them. As the years go by and the century turns, Fairbrother witnesses his children, one by one, leave the big house and make lives of their own - all except his eldest daughter, Janet, who by means of a legacy is able to shape the destiny of her father's scattered family and effect the reconciliation that he thought was impossible.

    

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Hardback Editions

June 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Upstart (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)
Author(s): Catherine Cookson
ISBN: 0-7862-1401-5 / 978-0-7862-1401-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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March 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: The UPSTART: A NOVEL
Author(s): Catherine Cookson
ISBN: 0-684-84315-3 / 978-0-684-84315-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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May 1997 : UK Hardback

Title: The Upstart (Windsor Selections)
Author(s): Catherine Cookson
ISBN: 0-7451-5442-5 / 978-0-7451-5442-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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March 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Upstart
Author(s): Catherine Cookson
ISBN: 0-593-02848-1 / 978-0-593-02848-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Press
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Paperback Editions

June 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Upstart: A Novel
Author(s): Catherine Cookson
ISBN: 1-4516-6020-0 / 978-1-4516-6020-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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July 2008 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Upstart
Author(s): Catherine Cookson
ISBN: 0-552-15675-2 / 978-0-552-15675-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi
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2008 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Upstart by Catherine Cookson
Author(s): Catherine Cookson
ISBN: 0-552-16823-8 / 978-0-552-16823-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi
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July 1999 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The upstart
Author(s): Catherine Cookson
ISBN: 1-55166-527-1 / 978-1-55166-527-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Mira Books
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1945 : UK Paperback
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Title: Upstart, The (Paragon Softcover Large Print Books)
Author(s): Catherine Cookson
ISBN: 0-7451-8748-X / 978-0-7451-8748-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers P.
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February 1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Upstart
Author(s): Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust
ISBN: 0-552-14037-6 / 978-0-552-15282-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi
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Audio Editions

April 1996 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Upstart, The: Unabridged
Author(s): Catherine Cookson
ISBN: 1-86042-137-7 / 978-1-86042-137-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Ltd
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Kindle Editions

March 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Upstart
Author(s): Catherine Cookson
Publisher: Peach Publishing
Availability: Amazon CA