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Kate's Daughter: The Real Catherine Cookson Hardcover – 1 Oct 2003

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Edition, First Impression edition (1 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593051416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593051412
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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.

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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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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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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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I have read many biographies and this has got to have been the worst written one ever! It is not written in the usual biography format and a lot of it was not really relevant to Catherine Cookson.
I found it boring and would not recommend it unless you are having trouble sleeping.
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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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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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This really gripped me and I couldn't put it down. I'm a big fan of Catherine Cookson and have all her books. This really gave an insight into her life and showed the turmoil that she went through. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is interested in knowing more about the author and her life.
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