The Life and Writing of Catherine Cookson 1906-1998
Catherine Cookson was born to an impoverished twenty-four-year-old Tyneside girl in 1906. Illegitimate, unwanted and rejected from birth, Catherine lived a life of darkness, imprisonment and suffocation. At twenty-two, reeling from a broken love affair, she left Tyneside in search of a new identity.
Her new life in the south involved long hours at the workhouse laundry but, incredibly, within five years she had bought a fifteen-room house of her own, a sign, surely that her escape was complete. But in fact her struggle had barely begun . . .
This book includes conversations with Catherine Cookson and an epilogue following her death.
Following the loss of four babies, a nervous breakdown and confinement in a psychiatric hospital, she was brought to the brink of suicide and forced to recognise the heart of darkness as her own.
This remarkable book will be welcomed by millions who know Catherine through her fiction, perhaps even better than they realise.
- Publication Date:
- 08 / 07 / 1998
- 107 x 175mm