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Catherine Cookson


(Dame Catherine Ann Cookson)
UK flag (1906 - 1998)

aka Catherine Marchant

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.
 

Genres: Historical Romance, Romance, Sagas, General Fiction
 
Series
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Mallen Family
   1. The Mallen Streak (1973)
   2. The Mallen Girl (1973)
   3. The Mallen Litter (1974)
     aka The Mallen Lot
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Tilly Trotter
   1. Tilly Trotter (1980)
     aka Tilly
   2. Tilly Trotter Wed (1981)
     aka Tilly Wed
   3. Tilly Trotter Widowed (1981)
     aka Tilly Alone
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Hamilton
   1. Hamilton (1983)
   2. Goodbye Hamilton (1984)
   3. Harold (1985)
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Bailey Chronicles
   1. Bill Bailey (1986)
   2. Bill Bailey's Lot (1987)
   3. Bill Bailey's Daughter (1988)
   4. The Bondage of Love (1997)
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Novels
   Kate Hannigan (1950)
   The Fifteen Streets (1952)
   Colour Blind (1953)
   Maggie Rowan (1954)
   Rooney (1957)
   The Menagerie (1958)
   Fanny McBride (1959)
   Slinky Jane (1959)
   Fenwick Houses (1960)
   The Garment (1962)
   Heritage of Folly (1962) (as by Catherine Marchant)
   The Blind Miller (1963)
   The House of Men (1963) (as by Catherine Marchant)
   The House On the Fens (1963) (as by Catherine Marchant)
     aka The Fen Tiger
   Hannah Massey (1964)
   Evil At Roger's Cross (1965) (as by Catherine Marchant)
     aka The Iron Facade
   The Long Corridor (1965) (as by Catherine Marchant)
   Matty Doolin (1965)
   The Unbaited Trap (1966)
   Katie Mulholland (1967)
   Joe and the Gladiator (1968)
   The Round Tower (1968)
   The Glassmaker's Daughter (1969)
     aka The Glass Virgin
   The Nice Bloke (1969)
   The Invitation (1970)
   The Nipper (1970)
   The Dwelling Place (1971)
   Feathers in the Fire (1971)
   Pure as the Lily (1972)
   Blue Baccy (1972)
   Our John Willie (1974)
   The Invisible Cord (1975)
   Miss Martha Mary Crawford (1975) (as by Catherine Marchant)
   The Gambling Man (1975)
   The Slow Awakening (1976) (as by Catherine Marchant)
   The Tide of Life (1976)
   Mrs. Flannagan's Trumpet (1976)
   Go Tell It to Mrs. Golightly (1977)
   The Girl (1977)
   The Cinder Path (1978)
   The Man Who Cried (1979)
   Lanky Jones (1980)
   The Whip (1982)
   The Black Velvet Gown (1984)
   A Dinner of Herbs (1985)
     aka The Bannaman Legacy
   The Moth (1986)
     aka The Thorman Inheritance
   The Parson's Daughter (1987)
   Rory's Fortune (1988)
   The Harrogate Secret (1988)
   The Cultured Handmaiden (1988)
   The Spaniard's Gift (1989)
   The Black Candle (1989)
   A Marriage of Scandal (1990)
     aka The Wingless Bird
   Daughter of Scandal (1990)
     aka The Gillyvors
   The Love Child (1990)
   The Maltese Angel (1990)
   My Beloved Son (1991)
   Bill and the Mary Ann Shaughnessy (1991)
   The Rag Maid (1991)
     aka The Rag Nymph
   The House of Women (1992)
   The Year of the Virgins (1993)
   The Golden Straw (1993)
   Justice Is a Woman (1994)
   The Tinker's Girl (1994)
   A Ruthless Need (1995)
   The Obsession (1995)
   The Upstart (1996)
   The Wayward Daughter (1996)
     aka The Branded Man
   The Bonny Dawn (1996)
   The Desert Crop (1997)
   The Lady on My Left (1997)
   The Solace of Sin (1998)
   Riley (1998)
   The Blind Years (1998)
   The Thursday Friend (1999)
   A House Divided (1999)
   Kate Hannigan's Girl (2000)
   Rosie of the River (2000)
   The Silent Lady (2001)
   Saint Christopher and the Gravedigger (2017)
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Collections
   The Simple Soul and Other Stories (2001)
   Just a Saying (poems) (2002)
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Picture Books show
 
Non fiction show
 
Omnibus editions show
 
Catherine Cookson recommends
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Kissing Shadows (1999)
Sally Stewart
"In reading Sally Stewart's work, I've found someone after my own heart - a real storyteller."
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The Apple Tree Saga (1977)
(Apple Tree Saga)
Mary E Pearce
"A storyteller after my own heart."

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