Catherine Cookson
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Catherine Cookson

Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock, the illegitimate daughter of a poverty-stricken woman, Kate, whom she believed to be her older sister. She began work in service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married Tom Cookson, a local grammar-school master.

Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer - her novel The Round Tower won the Winifred Holtby Award for the best regional novel of 1968 - her readership quickly spread throughout the world, and her many best-selling novels established her as one of the most popular of contemporary women novelists.

After receiving an OBE in 1985, Catherine Cookson was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1993. She was appointed an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford, in 1997.

For many years she lived near Newcastle upon Tyne. She died shortly before her ninety-second birthday, in June 1998.

Photograph from the Catherine Cookson Collection, Howard Gottlieb Archival Research Centre at Boston University

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    • Before I Go

    • By: Catherine Cookson
    • Narrated by: Christine Rendel
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Known for the wit of her writing, Catherine Cookson was the UK's most widely read novelist during her lifetime....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • loved it! Thank you Catherine Cookson!

    • By Jordan Max on 04-11-18

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Katie Mulholland

    • By: Catherine Cookson
    • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
    • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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    Some women are destined to arouse in men either fierce hatred or insatiable desire. Such a woman was Katie Mulholland....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!

    • By shoppingmama on 09-15-16

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    • The Obsession

    • By: Catherine Cookson
    • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Set at the turn of the century, this is one of Catherine Cookson's most unusual novels, powerfully portraying a woman dangerously driven by desire and ambition....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating from beginning to end.

    • By Denilyn on 03-11-19

    Regular price: $20.24

    • The Bonny Dawn

    • By: Catherine Cookson
    • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
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    Set against the Northumbrian coast in the 1960s, the events of this love story take place over one day....

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    • The Blind Years

    • By: Catherine Cookson
    • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
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    A story of mystery, love and revenge. Bridget Gether's parents were killed in the wartime blitz, so she had lived with the Overmeers at Balderstone....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • so mad its only 7 chapters. would lv more

    • By Jimmy Holguin on 03-25-19

    Regular price: $15.48

    • The Blind Miller

    • By: Catherine Cookson
    • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Mary Hetherington was a mother who dominated her family. And when David brought home Sarah from the "wrong end" of the 15 Streets, a girl who brought life and laughter into her dustless house, she soon took against her....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wonderful book

    • By DUDE on 07-05-17

    Regular price: $19.41

    • Saint Christopher and the Gravedigger

    • By: Catherine Cookson
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Gravedigger John Gascoigne lives in Downfell Hurst with his wife, Florrie, their three children and his mother, Gran....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • a fun enough read

    • By Constance Jenkins on 02-05-18

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    • The Solace of Sin

    • By: Catherine Cookson
    • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When Connie buys a house on the moors, she has to negotiate with the abrupt Vincent O'Connor....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent

    • By DUDE on 06-25-17

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    • The Parson's Daughter

    • By: Catherine Cookson
    • Narrated by: Sophie Roberts
    • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
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    The Victorian Sabbath was not without problems for some of those committed to its strict observance. Nancy Ann Hazel, the young and high-spirited daughter of a country parson, suffered from her father’s lengthy Sunday sermons....

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    • Bill Bailey

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    • Length: 8 hrs
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    From the moment Bill Bailey arrived to take up residence at Fiona Nelson’s home in the Tyneside town of Fellburn, he made his presence felt in no uncertain terms....

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