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Kathleen Jones
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Catherine Cookson

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The complicated tangle of their relations reads like something out of a fat English novel. At the close of the 18th century, the Fricker sisters wed three close friends, two of whom would indelibly shape Romantic literature. Sexy, impulsive Sarah found her match in Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Mary, the intellectual one, married Robert Lovell, who left her a widow at 25; and s ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published January 28th 1999 by Random House Australia (first published February 26th 1990)
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Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
This book was fascinating as it gave an insight and detailed account into Catherine Cookson’s tough life. I had no idea she suffered so much, first as a young girl growing up in poverty then afflicted by many health problems. Very sad though, it seemed she was a fighter.

*Book #69/72 of my 2019 coffee table to-read challenge, cont. 2020
Kathleen Jones
Jan 31, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Catherine Cookson was the most amazing woman to write about - a life story more incredible than any of her novels or memoirs. Most of the information in the biography was taken from tapes recorded by Catherine's first agent who wrote a biography that Catherine suppressed. Only after her death could the information be made public and I was very lucky to be given the tapes. They were electrifying!
Deborah Siddoway
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In 1994, I wrote a letter to Catherine Cookson, explaining that my Mam was a huge fan, and that I wanted to get her something special for her 40th birthday. I asked if it were possible for her to autograph a book for her. I told her about my studies at university, explaining that I was from the North East like her, but having moved to Australia when I was so young, my ties to the North East felt somehow tenuous, and all I knew of it was only from her books. I told her I had only read one or two ...more
Julie Haigh
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The best of the Catherine Cookson Biographies.

This book is very well written, very interesting and certainly three-quarters of the book is well paced. I've read a few other Catherine Cookson biographies and been really disappointed, not liked the tone of the writing etc. but this one is certainly the best tribute to one of our greatest novelists. There are quite a few photos which add to the interest and quotes from Catherine's novels/interviews etc woven into the writing all with references whe
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was devastated when 'Our Kate' passed away!! I had read, loved, and devoured all her books over the years...I still have them all!

Her upbringing in Newcastle, UK, and the subsequent popularity of her life, and the #1 novelist that she became, was quite remarkable, to herself and everyone she knew, plus those of us who only knew her through her books.

She found the ability to make a huge amount of people happy, losing themselves in her tales, even if only for a short time!!
An interesting life and a very good read.
Lynn Smith
An interesting read of the life of one of my favourite authors.
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I was brought up on a remote hill farm in the English Lake District. I started writing as a teenager, publishing small pieces in local magazines and newspapers, fanzines and teenage mags such as ‘Jackie’. I married very early and started travelling the world with my husband, had four children, worked in broadcasting in the middle east, and became a single parent. Back in the UK I went to universit ...more

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