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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (5 Mar. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552133027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552133029
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 608,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ellen Jebeau married a man who did little but dream, and who then died with debt his only legacy. Whatever else her marriage had lacked, however, she had her son Joseph. She resolved he should have all in life she had missed and to achieve that end, she would stop at nothing.

It was Sir Arthur Jebeau, her late husband's brother, who came to her aid, and soon Ellen and Joseph were living at the old family seat at Screehaugh. It was a convenient arrangement, one which Ellen was not slow to recognise could work to her advantage, for Sir Arthur was a widower and Screehaugh had no mistress...

That was in 1926, but the working out of so many increasingly intertwined destinies would continue for twenty more years and only come to final resolution with Joseph Jebeau's escape from the traumatic heritage of his mother's ruthless ambition and his emergence as his own true self.

My Beloved Son will rank among Catherine Cookson's most compelling and deeply moving novels and her portrayal of Joseph Jebeau is as sensitive and percipient as any this well-loved author has achieved.

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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.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Diana on 2 Mar. 2010
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Ellen Jebeau married a man who did little but dream, and who then died with debt his only legacy. Whatever else her marriage had lacked, however, she had her son Joseph. She resolved he should have all in life she had missed and to achieve that end, she would stop at nothing.

It was Sir Arthur Jebeau, her late husband's brother, who came to her aid, and soon Ellen and Joseph were living at the old fmaily seat at Screehaugh. It was a convenient arrangement, one which Ellen was not slow to recognise could work to her advantage, for Sir Arthur was a widower and Screehaugh had no mistress . . .

That was in 1926, but the working out of so many increasingly intertwined destinies would continue for twenty more years and only come to final resolution with Joseph Jebeau's escape from the traumatic heritage of his mother's ruthlelss ambition and his emergence as his own true self.

A nice and gripping perspective of the human soul and human understanding and perception of love.
A must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat on 23 Nov. 2013
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fantastic read, read this book ages ago and really liked it as usual Catherine cookson is a great writer and would suit any ones tastes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt Mitchell on 6 April 2013
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Catherine Cookson's done it again! Loved it. Good for all Cookson fans. I had one or two very late nights with this one.
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By marykate on 31 July 2013
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I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed every page from start to finish. Would recommend it to all my friends.
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By Beejay on 17 Oct. 2014
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Loved this book, kept me page turning all the time.
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By Mrs C G Margetts on 12 Sept. 2014
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I loved this quiet sad
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