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Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock and the place of her birth provides the background she so vividly creates in many of her novels. Although acclaimed as a regional writer -- her novel The Round Tower won the Winifred Holtby Award for teh best revional novel of 1968 -- her readership spreads throughout the world. Her work has been translated into twelve languages, including novels written under the name of Catherine Marchant.

Mrs. Cookson was born the illegitimate daughter of a poverty-stricken woman, Kate, whom she believed to be her older sister. Catherine began work in service but eventually moved south to Hastings where she met and married a local grammar school master. At the age of forty, she began writing with great success about the lives of the working class peolpe of the North-East with whom she had grown up, includnig her intriguing autobiography, Our Kate. Her many bestselling novels have established her as one of the most popular of contemporary women novelists.

Mrs. Cookson now lives in Northumberland.

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