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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Imprint unknown (July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754097609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754097600
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Piers Dudgeon grew up in a rambling old vicarage beside a bombed-out church in rural south Devon by the sea and watched his father re-build a largely working-class community which had lost its children and its spiritual centre in the bombing. This and the beauty of the surrounding area were formative. School and university worked out this fundamental experience in utterly different contexts, in particular in music, theatre and the whole Sixties culture.

Subsequently, he trained at Drama School and worked for ten years as an editor in London, helping launch a successful paperback imprint at 25, before starting his own publishing company, Pilot Productions, producing books with authors as diverse as John Fowles, Catherine Cookson, Peter Ackroyd, Daphne du Maurier, Shirley Conran, Ted Hughes and Susan Hill.

In 1993, he left London for the North York Moors, where he has written biographies of Catherine Cookson (a No. 1 best-seller), the lateral thinker Edward de Bono, the composer Sir John Tavener, and the novelists Barbara Taylor Bradford, Josephine Cox, J M Barrie and Daphne du Maurier.

He is also known for a library of illustrated books evocative of the spirit of place, including 'Thomas Hardy's England', 'Dickens' London', 'The English Vicarage Garden', 'Village Voices', and 'The Spirit of Britain: A Guide to Literary Britain'.

Recent History
In 2008, Chatto & Windus published his biography of J.M. Barrie and the du Mauriers, 'Captivated: the Dark Sid of Neverland', described by David Lodge as 'a fascinating account of the psychological web in which Barrie trapped the tragic du Maurier family', and Headline published his oral history of the East End of London, 'Our East End', the first in a series of oral histories of post-industrial communities in Britain.

In 2009, 'Our Glasgow' became a No. 4 bestseller in Scotland, Random House published the 2010 edition of his perennial 'Virgin Guide to British Universities'; and in New York in November, Pegasus-Dutton published its edition of 'Captivated', called 'Neverland', which was nominated for the Theatre Library Association's Freedley Award. In 2010 his oral history of Liverpool was published in hardcover by Headline. In 2011 came the 2012 edition of the Virgin Guide, the US paperback edition of 'Neverland', the UK paperback edition of 'Our Liverpool' and the e-book edition of his classic 'Dickens London - An Imaginative Vision'.

This year sees publication of 'Our Kate: The Real Catherine Cookson' in hardcover and e-book editions (Pilot Productions), e-book editions of the three oral histories (Headline), and the launch of a new publishing venture that will bring, among much else, new translations of the hugely popular Don Camillo books by Giovanni Guareschi, unavailable for some twenty years.

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A powerful story and Piers Dudgeon tells it with skill and feeling --Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Kate's Daughter gets to the heart of the Catherine Cookson story. With the help of material made available only since Catherine's death, Piers Dudgeon, author of the No. 1 bestseller The Girl from Leam Lane and editor of her own illustrated memoir, Catherine Cookson Country, lifts the veil on the myth and lays bare the true nature of this complex and fascinating woman.

When it was known that Kate–s Daughter was being written, family members made contact with the author to unburden themselves of material they had always refused to share when Catherine was alive. People who knew her when she was a child and at every stage of her life also came forward to set the record straight. Meanwhile Catherine's written records, letters and diaries, only recently lodged in the Catherine Cookson archive at the University of Boston, were made available.

What emerges is a fresh documentary portrait, illustrated with striking contemporary photographs (many provided by her family and never seen before), shot through with a psychological dimension that explains for the first time the fears that cast Catherine into the nightmare of mental breakdown and fed the very darkest veins of autobiography in her novels. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sue Gib. on 28 Jun. 2009
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An excellent book of Catherine Cookson's life from start to finish, some good photos of her early years right up until the time she died in 1998. This book is a must for any Catherine Cookson fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sharon B on 16 July 2013
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Heart rendering honest to the point you feel that you are going through her lifes obsicles with her. I lived at tyne dock for a number of years and used the news agents at the bottom of my street which back then was the area kate visited the pawn shop and pubs for her mam. I walked on and off tyne dock metro station which was a train station all those years ago, and i walk past st peter and pauls that catherine attended what a small world, that we can still to this day walk in the young foot steps of the then catherine mcmullen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grovesy on 22 Oct. 2012
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I read it all but would not say I enjoyed it. Others may feel differntly. It was debunking some of the previous published biography facts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Aug. 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I used to read Catherine Cookson books all the time in my teens but never really knew much about her - this book answers everything. It has wonderful pictures and anecdotes from people who knew her. I recommend this to all her fans.
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By chris on 10 July 2014
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good book
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Even though this interesting book is a biography, it could have been written by Catherine Cookson herself. Very light reading.
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I loved every thing about this book, to read this at the end of the return to Jarrow has put everything into place, and to realize the life Catherine Cookson had led, changed my thoughts on her. Never knowing about her life until I read these 4books, it has been compelling and has drawn me into her life as if I was living it with her.
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interesting ,i read this book because i have always enjoyed Cathrine Cookson stories,so that made me curious about her life
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