To Be A Lady is the first biography of one of Britain s best selling and best loved writers It is a fascinating study of determination and courage, pain and triumph over tragedy From the beginning of her life in a crowded terrace in Tyneside to her days as a best selling writer able to offer thousands to charity as a Dame of the British Empire, Catherine Cookson s own To Be A Lady is the first biography of one of Britain s best selling and best loved writers It is a fascinating study of determination and courage, pain and triumph over tragedy From the beginning of her life in a crowded terrace in Tyneside to her days as a best selling writer able to offer thousands to charity as a Dame of the British Empire, Catherine Cookson s own story is as extraordinary as any of her novels It is hard to think of any writer, living or dead, who has produced and continued to produce such overwhelmingly popular fiction as Catherine Cookson Between June, 1950, and the end of 1993, ninety million copies of her novels, children s books and personal recollections had been sold worldwide An average of 5,800 every day 241 books every single hour Cookson novels have been adapted into award winning television films Musicals and plays based on her books have sold out within days and ran for weeks Goodwin explores the intriguing, and at times distressing, life of the celebrated writer, Catherine Cookson and the novels that were inspired by her early experiences in Tyneside Praise for the author Even Catherine Cookson couldn t have written a novel with as much drama as her own life story the full saga has not been told until now TODAY As riveting as any of her famous novels SUNDAY EXPRESS Cliff Goodwin has written a book which is hard to put down and which leaves you in greater admiration of its intriguing and enigmatic subject amazing and compulsive as any of her bestsellers NEWCASTLE JOURNAL A cracking story essential for her fans, and a good read for everyone MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS Cliff Goodwin was born in London in 1950 He was educated in Slough, Berkshire, and joined the town s weekly newspaper as a trainee journalist in 1968 Since then he has worked as a reporter, feature writer and sub editor for various newspapers and magazines His coverage of the 1988 Lockerbie air crash earned him a regional press award A regular freelance writer he has published features in than 200 newspapers and magazines worldwide Cliff Goodwin has also worked as a radio producer and in public relations In 1993, after 25 years in journalism, he decided it was time to concentrate on full time writing Endeavour Press is the UK s leading independent publisher of digital books.
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I love reading biographies, especially about writers. It gives another dimension to their work, you can see what has inspired them and how they use their own experiences in life to give us wonderful stories. One of the most interesting writers in this regard must be Catherine Cookson.I remember reading and loving her books when I was young, but have not read any for ages. It was with great interest I started Cliff Goodwin's account on her life, of which I must admit, I did not know anything. Wha [...]
Catherine Cookson is one of my favourite authors. I love the way she wove her stories and the characters she created. This book begins before Catherine was born and examines her family's life as far back as her grandparents and where they lived in the north of England. Catherine's early life was confusing and interrupted by house moves, family arguments and finding out that she wasn't who she thought she was. The book is full of interview extracts with Catherine and her husband Tom. These add to [...]
To be a Lady: Story of Catherine Cooksonby Cliff GoodwinEndeavour PressBiographies & MemoirsPub Date Sep 11, 2015 Catherine Cookson was born in June of 1906. Catherine first attended a school that had far from satisfactory conditions, with poor ventilation often freezing and unsatisfactory conditions, but Catherine was always an inquisitive child. From a young age Catherine knew she was different her Mother was not married and she really did not know her Father. Before she wa [...]
I received a copy of this book from the publishers, via Netgalley. Having read a couple of Catherine Cooksons books many years ago, the biography appealed to me. It is well written and engaging, giving lots of information and background to its subject. I enjoyed learning more about the life and times of Mrs Cookson, and having read so much about how her early life influenced her writing, her painstaking devotion to answering the annual mountain of mail she received, and some of the inspiration b [...]
I mostly enjoyed reading this book, it certainly gave an insight on the life of Mrs Cookson. What I missed a bit was some sort connecting text between the phases/events of her life - my impression was it jumped from one event to the other, without letting the reader know what happened in between, especially when describing her childhood. Also, sometimes jumping in between times I found a bit confusing and had to turn back a couple of pages. The narration style was good and fluent, and there was [...]
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers, Endeavour, for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest and open review.I grew up surrounded by Catherine Cookson's books as my mum was an avid fan.As I got older, I too developed a love for her books.I grew up in the North East of England, so many of the places she wrote about were familiar to me.Cliff Goodwin has written a beautiful books which describes her life, both the highs and the lows.It is a perfect epitap [...]
An interesting book about the life of Catherine Cookson, prolific author of gritty stories set in the north-east of England. I have never particularly liked her books because they always depressed me, and now I know why! Her books mirrored her life.
DNF at page 255