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The Girl from Leam Lane: The Life and Writing of Catherine Cookson Paperback – 15 Jun 1998

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New edition edition (15 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747256608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747256601
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 640,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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About the Author

Piers Dudgeon is the author of many works of non-fiction. He worked for ten years as an editor in London, before starting his own publishing company producing books with authors as diverse as John Fowles, Catherine Cookson, Peter Ackroyd, Daphne du Maurier, Shirley Conran, Ted Hughes and Susan Hill. Subsequently, he left London for Yorkshire and has written books about Catherine Cookson (a no. 1 best-seller), Barbara Taylor Bradford, Josephine Cox, J. M. Barrie and Daphne du Maurier, the lateral thinker Edward de Bono, and the composer Sir John Tavener.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
I read this book on my way to London on a trip. I was shocked to see how carefully Catherine Cookson's life mirrored many of her characters. I found it extremely shocking in some ways too, with the way people treated illegitimacy in the early 20th centry. A fantastic read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Girl from Leam Lane and other tales out of school 2 April 2000
By Becky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book very interesting and well written. Catherine Cookson's candidness gave this reader an insight into a background that allowed the author to create multi-faceted characters who persevere despite any obstacles that may arise.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
In search of the real Catherine 16 Oct. 2000
By Lori Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book believing that I would in some way know Catherine more intimately after reading most of her novels. I came away with an understanding of what her life was like and I greatly appreciated that aspect of the book. I was dissapointed in that a lot of it went back and forth between her life and the characters she wrote about. I felt as if I were traveling down a long bumpy road and then backing up at times. It could have been written much better in my opinion.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Girl from Leam Lane and other tales out of school 2 April 2000
By Becky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book very interesting and well written. Catherine Cookson's candidness gave this reader an insight into a background that allowed the author to create multi-faceted characters who persevere despite any obstacles that may arise.
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