The Girl from Leam Lane: The Life and Writing of Catherine Cookson

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Born to an impoverished young Tyneside woman in 1906, Catherine Cookson lived a life marked by cruelty and neglect. At the age of 27, she was able to buy a house of her own—a hopeful sign that the escape from her past was complete. In fact, 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 confront the tragedies of her life. The author has known Catherine Cookson for many ...
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Born to an impoverished young Tyneside woman in 1906, Catherine Cookson lived a life marked by cruelty and neglect. At the age of 27, she was able to buy a house of her own—a hopeful sign that the escape from her past was complete. In fact, 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 confront the tragedies of her life. The author has known Catherine Cookson for many years and was given full cooperation on this biography by the novelist and her husband Tom, who provided many of the photographs for the book. Originally published in 1997, it tells the story of her long and eventful life through the heroines in her books.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780708990391
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Charnwood Library Series
  • Edition description: Complete and Unabridged Large Print
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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