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 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