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The Girl from Leam Lane The Life and Writing of Catherine Cookson by Piers Dudgeon

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


The Girl from Leam Lane The Life and Writing of Catherine Cookson by Piers Dudgeon

Catherine Cookson was born 100 years ago in a run-down area on the south bank of the Tyne. Forty-four years later her debut novel, Kate Hannigan, established her as a bestselling storyteller of rare talent. But what readers didn't realise was that Kate Hannigan also represented the first step of the author's triumph over a nervous breakdown and a period of confinement in a mental asylum. Still in the throes of her illness, she was transforming her fears out of necessity through her art. Piers Dudgeon was granted exclusive interviews over a 15-year period until Catherine's death in 1998. Now, in the company of her family and others who declined to be interviewed during her lifetime, he sheds new light on the tortured drama of her personal life and her legacy to the nation. This revised biography is a revealing tribute to an enduringly popular writer in her centenary year, and will fascinate her many loyal fans.

About the Author

Piers Dudgeon is a writer, editor and photographer. Born in 1949, he worked for ten years as a publisher in London and then started his own company, publishing a number of bestsellers with authors as diverse as Daphne du Maurier, John Fowles, Edward de Bono, Shirley Conran and Susan Hill. 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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Publication date

22nd February 2007


Piers Dudgeon

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Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group


320 pages


Biography: literary
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: from c 1900 -



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