The Girl from Leam Lane

Overview

Born to an impoverished young Englishwoman in 1906, illegitimate and unwanted, Catherine Cookson lived a life marked by cruelty and neglect. At 22, reeling from a broken love affair, she left home in search of a new life. After five years in a workhouse laundry, she was finally able to buy a house of her own. But her struggle had barely begun. Following the loss of four babies, a nervous breakdown, and confinement in a psychiatric hospital, she was brought to the brink of suicide and forced to recognize the heart...

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Overview

Born to an impoverished young Englishwoman in 1906, illegitimate and unwanted, Catherine Cookson lived a life marked by cruelty and neglect. At 22, reeling from a broken love affair, she left home in search of a new life. After five years in a workhouse laundry, she was finally able to buy a house of her own. But her struggle had barely begun. Following the loss of four babies, a nervous breakdown, and confinement in a psychiatric hospital, she was brought to the brink of suicide and forced to recognize the heart of darkness as her own. This remarkable book, now newly revised, draws on previously unreleased material as well as the subject's own personal account.  The Girl from Leam Lane will be welcomed by the millions who know Catherine Cookson through her novels.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780755314980
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,459,918
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author


Piers Dudgeon worked for ten years as a publisher in London before starting his own company and publishing a number of bestsellers with authors as diverse as Daphne du Maurier, John Fowles, Edward de Bono, Peter Ackroyd and Susan Hill. In the 1980s he worked with Catherine Cookson on her memoir, Catherine Cookson Country. Since 1989 he has worked as a journalist and written nine works of non-fiction. In 1993 he moved with his wife and three children to a village on the North Yorkshire moors, where he is setting up a residential school for writers and artists.
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Table of Contents


Preface to the Centenary Edition     ix
Acknowledgements     xiii
Books   Catherine Cookson     xv
Wednesday's Child     1
A Bellyful of Trouble     15
The Apprenticeship Years     25
Birth of Imagination     61
The Road Out     87
Girl from the North Country     121
Catharsis     169
The Creative Force     177
Resolution     215
Return to the North     245
White Lodge     273
Index     291
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