Catherine Cookson





Catherine Cookson

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born
in South Shields, Tyne & Wear, England, The United Kingdom
June 27, 1906

died
June 11, 1998

gender
female


About this author

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 Col...more


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The Glass Virgin
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The Mallen Streak
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The Black Velvet Gown
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The Girl
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The Rag Nymph
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The Cinder Path
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 525 ratings — published 1978 — 13 editions
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More books by Catherine Cookson…
“The Girl was gone, buried in the past. She never wanted to hear that name again. She was a woman for better for worse. Whatever the future might bring she could face it as a woman, Ned Ridley's woman.”
Catherine Cookson, The Girl

“You have never kissed me. Patted me, hugged me, but you've never kissed me."
"Oh, Rosie, Rosie." His face looked on the point of laughter, then his lips fell gently on hers and he held the kiss for some time. Now, pressing her face from him, he said "That's merely an introduction. When your cheek is better I'll do it properly.”
Catherine Cookson, The Obsession

“You make your son out to be to be almost an idiot; well let me tell you something, Mrs Loan, if he were a complete idiot, drooling at the mouth, he'd still be a better person then you.”
Catherine Cookson, The Girl

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