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Valerie Wood was born in Yorkshire and now lives in a village near the east coast. She is the author of The Hungry Tide, winner of the Catherine Cookson Prize for Fiction, Annie, Children of the Tide, The Romany Girl, Emily, Going Home, Rosaâ€™s Island, The Doorstep Girls, Far From Home, The Kitchen Maid and The Songbird, all available in Corgi paperback.
This author won the inaugural Catherine Cookson Prize and she is very good indeed.Similar this month: Dilly Court.Comparison: Katie Flynn, Josephine Cox, Lyn Andrews.
I was privileged to be a judge of the first Catherine Cookson Award and this lovely authorâ€™s first novel was the winner so I have been following her career with interest. This one, as the title implies, has a girl with a beautiful voice as its heroine, and an incident-filled plot to totally absorb you.Comparison: Josephine Cox, Lyn Andrews, Lesley Pearse.Similar this month: Charlotte Bingham, Beryl Matthews.