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Kate's Daughter: The Real Catherine Cookson Hardcover – 1 Oct 2003
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This is as close to Catherine Cookson as anyone will ever come. It is an affectionate warts-and-all account of her life by Piers Dudgeon, who knew her well. I worked with Catherine Cookson for 17 years before my retirement, and then for some time afterwards. She was a wonderful friend - loyal, generous to a fault, but also demanding. I loved her dearly and still miss our regular telephone calls as, indeed, I miss her presence. Yes, she could be difficult, but I admired her quality of writing and the sheer power of her storytelling. This book brings out the hardships and miseries she faced with Tom, as I once described him, 'the power behind the throne'. A wonderful illuminating summary of her life and work by someone who really cares. A must for all her fans.
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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 Kates 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.See all Product Description
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I found it boring and would not recommend it unless you are having trouble sleeping.
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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my wife is a big fan of Catherine Cookson to read about her life she is really enjoying the book would recomendPublished 15 months ago by Michael James Matthews
not what i expected read whole of the book to see if it got better dissappointedPublished 16 months ago by yorkshire lass
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