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Kate's Daughter: The Real Catherine Cookson: 1 Hardcover – Illustrated, 12 Jul 2012

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pilot Productions Ltd; 2 edition (12 July 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1900064014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900064019
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 538,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Piers Dudgeon is the author of more than thirty works of non-fiction. He worked for ten years as an editor in London before starting his own company, Pilot Productions, publishing books with authors as diverse as John Fowles, Catherine Cookson, Peter Ackroyd, Daphne du Maurier, Shirley Conran and Ted Hughes. Subsequently he left London for Yorkshire, where he wrote a number of books evocative of the spirit of place, including "Dickens' London", "The Spirit of Britain: A Guide to Literary Britain" and "The Country Child"; a series of oral industrial histories, including "Glasgow", "Liverpool" and "London's East End"; the classic "Virgin Alternative Guide to British Universities", which still involves him in speaking to sixth-forms across the country, and many biographies, including those of Catherine Cookson, Barbara Taylor Bradford and Maeve Binchy, the composer Sir John Tavener, the thinker Edward de Bono, and the novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie. He is now also publishing a growing list of writers, including Angus Stewart and Giovanni Guareschi, and this year his latest biography, "The Real Peter Pan: The Tragic Life of Michael Llewelyn Davies", is published by The Robson Press in the UK and Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin's Press in New York. Piers Dudgeon is on Twitter: @Piersdudgeon

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A powerful story and Piers Dudgeon tells it with skill and feeling --Daily Telegraph

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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4.2 out of 5 stars

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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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By Kindle Customer on 2 Mar. 2013
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Having read earlier books by this author including "The Girl from Leam Lane" and being a fan of Catherine Cookson books this book was a must read. I had been previously fascinated with the way in which this author related Catherine's books to her own personal experiences and I anticipated perhaps more along these lines.
I wasn't disappointed.
I was quite surprised at some of the comments by other readers and I do have to disagree on several points.
The author obviously knows his subject very well and perhaps on a personal level. The dialogue is completely chronological as we travel through Catherine's life on a year on year basis and even grow with her through the various stages and episodes of her life. This book certainly explores and explains the background and reasons behind some of the more traumatic episodes in Catherine's novels.
Personally I loved this book. It is well written, sympathetic but in no way sentimental. It comes across very well that, although the author admires his subject, he is in no way swayed by her manipulative character - in fact he sees beyond her facade to the real person inside. Brilliant book. Brilliant author. I loved it!
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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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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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By A. Smith on 14 Feb. 2013
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This man cannot write biographies! He may have collected lots of anecdotes and facts about Catherine Cookson but putting them together to form a readable and chronological account of her life was beyond him! I am sure that Catherine Cookson was not a very nice person but she did lead an interesting life and it would have been nice to read about it set out in a clear way with a proper date order of events/milestones as they happened. I am very disappointed that I wasted money on this book.
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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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Let's you know about the life of Cathrine Cookson, but if you have read the other books like them it tended to tell you the same things over again. Yes I enjoyed it but some of it was a bit boring, still liked the fat that I found out about her life. A nit of a lady. Meaning she thought she was. Felt a bot sorry for her dear husband.
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