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The Dwelling Place

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Even though he’s wearing the bad-guy moustache, he’s apparently contrite about what he’s done. We know this because when he sees Cissie again, he follows her into the secluded glen where she keeps an eye on her kid and Daddy Fischel, and when she sees Clive and tries to run away he lies down on top of her so he can explain how contrite he is! What a sweetie.

He runs after her on the moor and asks her if she loves Matthew the carpenter. She’s like, “Nah, he’s never around when I need him.” Her ninety-six siblings are like, “Wait, what?” I cannot understand why the most of the readers like Matthew's character. He appeared to me egoistic and possessive. By the end of the book I already disliked him completely. He treated both Rose and Cissie terribly. I think Cissie did not really love him, but it was her teenage first romantic touch, and the situation they were in. I think she was depending on him and saw him as their saviour and only friend. My impression is that she was not quite happy during her marriage. Otherwise she would not feel "released" after Matthew's death and would mourn and remember him with love. I did not notice any of them. What is more, I do not recall having read that she loved Matthew since Clive's first return in her live. He went on to appear in a huge range of TV dramas, including the BAFTA-nominated Band of Gold and Peak Practice*. He took a lead alongside Paul Nicholls in the police drama City Central. He's also guest-starred in popular shows such as Waking the Dead, Dalziel and Pascoe, and Murphy's Law.

One of the funniest things about this miniseries is that everyone else you meet in the entire thing thinks it’s a stupid idea to live in a cave. The priest is like, “…a cave, really?” and the guy who’s clearing out the furniture from the hovel actually lets them take all the furniture into the cave, because he’s like, “…a cave, really?” Catherine Cookson is an icon; without her influence, I and many other authors would not have followed in her footsteps. Val Wood

They have friends, but charity cannot always spare them the harsh reality of their struggle and the bitterness of those who wish them harm. But can love, when it arrives, teach Cissie not to fear the world beyond the dwelling place? Ray took the role of Graham Braithwaite in At Home with the Braithwaites, the hugely successful drama series about a lottery winner starring Amanda Redman. The characters of Isabel and Clive were so stereotypical that it was laughable - she was the evil witch and he was the weak-kneed pretty boy with not one ounce of courage.The Dwelling Place is one of the best books I've ever read with strong characters and an unforgettable plot. This movie is NOTHING like the book. Nothing. The Cissie of the book was beautiful, strong, dignified and weighed down by the burden of having to feed and shelter nine children; the Cissie in the movie looked and acted like a street urchin who never displayed grief at losing her parents and who obviously never combed her hair.

Turns out not everyone likes this arrangement. You know who really hates the arrangement? Isabelle! …no, I don’t know why either! Period drama serial The Dwelling Place was another entry in the series of Catherine Cookson adaptations made by Tyne Tees throughout the 1990’s.


Ray was inspired to become an actor after seeing John Malkovich in the play Burn This at a West End theatre. Personal Details

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