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Catherine Cookson (1906–1998)

Autor/a de The Black Velvet Gown

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Catherine Cookson, 1906 - 1998 British writer Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock, Co. Durham. She was born illegitimate and into poverty with a mother who was, at times, an alcoholic and violent. From the age of thirteen, Catherine suffered from hereditary hemorrhage telangiectasia. She also mostra'n més believed, for many years, that she was abandoned as a baby and that her mother was actually her older sister. Catherine wrote her first short story, "The Wild Irish Girl," at the age of eleven and sent it to the South Shields Gazette, which sent it back in three days. She left school at the age of thirteen to work as a maid for the rich and powerful. It was then that she saw the great class barrier inside their society. From working in a laundry, she saved enough money to open an apartment hotel in Hastings. Schoolmaster, Tom Cookson, was one of her tenants and became her husband in 1940. She suffered several miscarriages and became depressed so she began writing to help her recovery. Catherine has written over ninety novels and, under the pseudonym of Catherine Marchant, she wrote three different series of books, which included the Bill Bailey, the Mary Ann, and the Mallen series. Her first book, "Kate Hannigan" (1950), tells the partly autobiographical story of a working-class girl becoming pregnant by an upper-middle class man. The baby is raised by Kate's parents and the child believes them to be her real parents and that Kate is her sister. Many of her novels are set in 19th century England and tell of poverty in such settings as mines, shipyards and farms. Her characters usually cross the class barrier by means of education. Catherine received the Freedom of the Borough of South Shields and the Royal Society of Literature's award for the Best Regional Novel of the year. The Variety Club of Great Britain named her Writer of the Year and she was voted Personality of the North-East. She received an honorary degree from the University of Newcastle and was made Dame in 1933. Just shortly before her ninety-second birthday, on June 11, 1998, Catherine died in her home near Newcastle-upon-Tyne. "Kate Hannigan's Girl" (1999), was published posthumously and continues the story of her first novel. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de Catherine Cookson

The Black Velvet Gown (1984) 217 exemplars
The Black Candle (1989) 212 exemplars
The Glass Virgin (1969) 211 exemplars
The Dwelling Place (1971) 210 exemplars
Tilly Trotter (1980) 179 exemplars
The Mallen Streak (1952) 178 exemplars
The Rag Nymph (1991) 174 exemplars
The Gillyvors (1990) 172 exemplars
The Girl (1977) 167 exemplars
Kate Hannigan's Girl (2000) 163 exemplars
The Wingless Bird (1990) 160 exemplars
The Silent Lady (2001) 160 exemplars
The Desert Crop (1997) 159 exemplars
My Beloved Son (1990) 159 exemplars
The Harrogate Secret (1988) 156 exemplars
The Upstart (1996) 155 exemplars
The Obsession (1995) 153 exemplars
The Fifteen Streets: A Novel (1952) 152 exemplars
The Moth (1986) 150 exemplars
The Parson's Daughter (1986) 144 exemplars
The Mallen Girl (1737) 141 exemplars
A House Divided (1999) 136 exemplars
Kate Hannigan (1950) 136 exemplars
Feathers in the Fire (1971) 132 exemplars
Tilly Trotter Wed (1981) 128 exemplars
Katie Mulholland (1967) 127 exemplars
The Whip (1982) 123 exemplars
The Tinker's Girl (1994) 114 exemplars
Year of the Virgins (1993) 113 exemplars
Tilly Trotter Widowed (1982) 112 exemplars
The Cinder Path (1978) 109 exemplars
The Tide of Life (1976) 109 exemplars
The Slow Awakening (1976) 109 exemplars
The Golden Straw (1993) 108 exemplars
Justice is a Woman (1994) 107 exemplars
The Branded Man (1996) 104 exemplars
Pure as the Lily (1972) 102 exemplars
The Thursday Friend (1999) 101 exemplars
The Cultured Handmaiden (1988) 101 exemplars
The Round Tower (1968) 100 exemplars
The Maltese Angel (1992) 98 exemplars
The Man Who Cried (1979) 94 exemplars
The House of Women (1992) 91 exemplars
A Ruthless Need (1995) 90 exemplars
Fanny McBride (1959) 88 exemplars
Colour Blind (1953) 84 exemplars
The Lady On My Left (1997) 84 exemplars
The Bailey Chronicles (1986) 82 exemplars
The Blind Miller (1963) 81 exemplars
Miss Martha Mary Crawford (1975) 75 exemplars
The Bonny Dawn (1994) 75 exemplars
Our Kate (1969) 73 exemplars
The Solace of Sin (1800) 71 exemplars
Riley (1998) 70 exemplars
The Gambling Man (1975) 68 exemplars
The Bondage of Love (1988) 65 exemplars
The Menagerie (1958) 64 exemplars
Fenwick Houses (1960) 64 exemplars
The Invitation (1970) 63 exemplars
Rosie of the River (1800) 60 exemplars
Maggie Rowan (1954) 59 exemplars
The Long Corridor (1965) 58 exemplars
The Invisible Cord (1975) 56 exemplars
The Blind Years (1998) 56 exemplars
The Garment (1962) 55 exemplars
Bill Bailey (1986) 54 exemplars
Hamilton (1983) 51 exemplars
Our John Willie (1974) 51 exemplars
The Unbaited Trap (1966) 51 exemplars
The Husband (1969) 50 exemplars
Harold (1985) 50 exemplars
The Fen Tiger (1963) 50 exemplars
Slinky Jane (1967) 48 exemplars
A Grand Man (1954) 46 exemplars
The Lord and Mary Ann (1956) 43 exemplars
Tilly Trotter: An Omnibus (1905) 43 exemplars
Hannah Massey (1949) 41 exemplars
Bill Bailey's Lot (1980) 41 exemplars
Heritage of Folly (1975) 41 exemplars
Rooney (1957) 40 exemplars
House of Men (1974) 40 exemplars
Goodbye Hamilton (1984) 40 exemplars
The Devil and Mary Ann (1958) 39 exemplars
The Iron Facade (1978) 36 exemplars
Bill Bailey's Daughter (1988) 36 exemplars
Mary Ann's Angels (1965) 34 exemplars
Life and Mary Ann (1962) 32 exemplars
The Nipper (1970) 30 exemplars
The Mallen Trilogy (1973) 30 exemplars
Love and Mary Ann (1961) 28 exemplars
Mary Ann and Bill (1967) 27 exemplars
Joe and the Gladiator (1971) 24 exemplars
Rory's Fortune (1972) 20 exemplars
Marriage and Mary Ann (1964) 20 exemplars
Mrs. Flannagan's Trumpet (1978) 19 exemplars
Go Tell It to Mrs. Golightly (1977) 18 exemplars
The Hamiltons: Two Novels (2006) 17 exemplars
The Nice Bloke (1969) 14 exemplars
Before I Go (2017) 14 exemplars
Dear Boy: Lord Chesterfield's Letters to His Son (1989) — Editor — 14 exemplars
Plainer Still (1995) 11 exemplars
The Hamilton Trilogy (1992) 10 exemplars
Lanky Jones (1980) 9 exemplars
Sarah [and] Christine (1987) 8 exemplars
The Garment [and] Slinky Jane (1999) 8 exemplars
Cashelmara (1974) 7 exemplars
My Land of the North (1999) 7 exemplars
The Glassmaker#s Daughter (2018) 6 exemplars
Just a Saying (2002) 6 exemplars
Parson's Daughter (1990) 5 exemplars
An Unsuitable Match (2020) 5 exemplars
Een vriend voor het leven (2021) 5 exemplars
A Sister's Obsession (2019) 5 exemplars
The Mary Ann Omnibus [8-in-1] (1981) 4 exemplars
Rooney [and] The Nice Bloke (1999) 3 exemplars
The Voice of an Angel (2020) 3 exemplars
The Mary Ann Omnibus Vol. 2 (2000) 3 exemplars
Daughter of Scandal (2021) 3 exemplars
The Bailey Chronicles, Vol. 2 (1986) 3 exemplars
Christine (1979) 3 exemplars
Rosie of the River (2001) 3 exemplars
My Beloved Son 2 exemplars
Leve de liefde tweede omnibus (1993) 2 exemplars
The Mary Ann Omnibus Vol. 1 (2000) 2 exemplars
Nancy Nuttall and the Mongrel (1991) 2 exemplars
Her secret son (2021) 2 exemplars
Die richtige Frau. Roman. (1993) 1 exemplars
L'ORPHELINE 1 exemplars
L'uomo che pianse 1 exemplars
De zon breekt door (2020) 1 exemplars
A House Divided 1 exemplars
Kirsten (1977) 1 exemplars
Fr̲bannelsens r̄ (1977) 1 exemplars
The black gown 1 exemplars
Tilly Casada (1982) 1 exemplars
Katie Mulholland (1967) 1 exemplars
Riptide 1 exemplars
The whip 1 exemplars
Die Versöhnung (1996) 1 exemplars
Bühne des Lebens: Roman (2006) 1 exemplars
Sense títol 1 exemplars
Matty Doolin 1 exemplars
Leve de liefde achtste omnibus (1999) 1 exemplars
Einer Mutter Sohn / Die Nymphe (1999) 1 exemplars
1, 2, 3 und fertig Party. (2004) 1 exemplars
Der Mann am Fluss (1998) 1 exemplars
A House Divided (2000) 1 exemplars
The Man Who Cried (2006) 1 exemplars
The Cobbler's Daughter (2021) 1 exemplars
Rouklaag van Gister 1 exemplars
The Smuggler's Secret (2018) 1 exemplars
The Fen Tiger (1963) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Pleasure of Reading (1992) — Col·laborador — 188 exemplars
Love Stories (1983) — Col·laborador — 60 exemplars
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1972 v04 (1972) — Col·laborador — 27 exemplars
The Country Child (1992) — Introducció; Col·laborador — 10 exemplars
The Glass Virgin [1995 TV mini series] (1995) — Original book — 4 exemplars
The Black Velvet Gown [1991 TV Movie] (1991) — Screenplay — 3 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom normalitzat
Cookson, Catherine
Nom oficial
Cookson, Dame Catherine Ann McMullen
Altres noms
Marchant, Catherine
McMullen, Katie
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc d'enterrament
Lloc de naixement
Tyne Dock, County Durham, Engeland
Lloc de defunció
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Engeland
Llocs de residència
Tyne Dock, County Durham, Engeland
Haldane Terrace, Jesmond
Corbridge, Engeland
Langley, Northumberland, Engeland
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Engeland
Goodwin, Rosie (writes sequels to three of Catherine Cookson's famous trilogies)
Premis i honors
British Book Award( [1994])
Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1985
Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1993
Honorary degree from the University of Newcastle
Sheila Land Associates
Biografia breu
Catherine Ann McMullen was born on 27 June 1906 in Tyne Dock, England, UK. She grew up as daugther of Rose and John McMullen, but was the illegitimate daughter of Kate Fawcett, whom she believed to be her older sister, and Alexander Davies, a bigamist. She left school at 13 and, and she began work in service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and Tom Cookson, a local grammar-school master, whom she married on June 1940. She suffered some miscarriages and couldn't have children.
She took up writing as a form of therapy to tackle her depression, and joined Hastings Writers' Group. Her first novel was published in 1950. She wrote almost 100 books, which sold more than 123 million copies, her novels being translated into at least 20 languages. She also wrote books under her childhood name, Katie McMullen, and under the pseudonym Catherine Marchant. After receiving an OBE in 1985, Catherine Cookson was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1993. She was appointed an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford, in 1997. She passed away on 11 June 1998 in North East. She remained the most borrowed author from public libraries in the UK for 17 years, losing the title only in 2002, four years after her death.



BooksInMirror | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Feb 19, 2024 |
I don't even know where to start here, other than maybe calling the story "quirky" for lack of a better word at the moment. John is a sexton, or gravedigger of the local church. He’s a very serious and quiet man keeping mostly to himself. Only his family knows him well enough to say what his normal habits and behavior would be...that is until he is hit in the head with a cricket ball...then everyone knows EVERYTHING about EVERYONE, and he won't shut up. Just before he and the cricket ball had their unfortunate encounter; John's anger was bubbling over the top, due to the increase in graves that he was digging because of the number of funerals due to the increased number of car crashes and this, in his way of reasoning, was the fault of St. Christopher. Old secrets from the past are no longer secret, and now it seems he's able to see and speak to the visiting, not very happy... Saint Christopher. The saint isn't being very helpful in trying to explain that HE is NOT the cause of the increase in's the careless drivers...and please stop trying to blame it on him! Actually, I didn't think that St. Christopher spoke or acted very "saintly" sometimes...but I guess even a saint has his limits. I wouldn't call the book a comedy, but it was at times humorous. I've read a couple of other books by Catherine Cookson and because this one was so different in several ways... like how long it took for the story to even get started; how it seemed the author was searching and trying out different ways for the character of John to say what he wanted to say... and the ending could have used more ending. Since I have never written a Best Seller, or even a Mediocre Seller, and Catherine Cookson has/did...I will sum up that it's NOT a bad story but it's not her usual. I would also add that Derek Perkins did an excellent job with the voices.… (més)
Carol420 | Jun 4, 2023 |
I had avoided reading Catherine Cookson thinking that she wrote romance fiction. However, I was pleasantly surprised when reading The Black Candle. this a very engrossing book of historical fiction set in 1883 in England. The description of the settings and the culture of the times was well done and the story never lagged. I will search out other books by this author
Lynxear | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Sep 28, 2022 |
Young Mary Ann has charmed her friend Mr. Lord into giving her father a job on his farm. Her father has sworn off drunkenness and family is better off-- but will his reform stick? Both Mary Ann and her father are subjected to negative machinations by those who wish them ill. Will Mary Ann's faith in the Holy Family and the strength of her family and the adults around her be enough to get them through their trials?
bunnyjadwiga | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Jul 3, 2022 |



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