Catherine Cookson

(1906—1998) writer

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novelist, born in Jarrow, most of whose many novels celebrate life in her native Tyneside. She was the illegitimate daughter of a domestic servant, and tells the story of her own childhood in her memoir, Our Kate (1969). Her novels are romantic, realistic, and feature strong and resourceful heroines: one of her most popular characters was ‘Mary Ann’, who featured in a long series. Her works were outstandingly popular, and she was a generous benefactor to the arts and literary causes.

Subjects: Literature.

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