A reliable Cookson production. -- "Kirkus Reviews"
A wealthy tradesman's attempt to climb beyond his station in life reaps tragic consequences for his family when Samuel Fairbrother decides that his new wealth deserve a more imposing residence. His new thirty-four-room mansion cannot buy him the gentlemanly status he craves, and a clash of wills ensues between the master of the house and Maitland, the butler. "The Upstart" is a glowing example of Cookson's ability to capture the conflict of class in the society of late 19th-century England.
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THE UPSTARTUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
The families in Cookson's period novels shout a lot and are unhappy as only Cookson's families can be (The Obsession, p. 659, etc.) when they wrestle with the problems of class, backstreet affairs ... Read full review
The upstartUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
The son and grandson of cobblers, Samuel Fairbrother owns a series of boot factories. He buys a Newcastle mansion as a means of showing off his wealth and fortune. Totally out of his social depth, he ... Read full review