Catherine Cookson

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As a later twentieth-century novelist, CC broke records for popularity. On some tallies her number of novels passes one hundred, in addition to children's books and volumes of autobiography. Fiction and autobiography often overlap in her work: her plots and characters frequently draw on her own or her mother's experience of deprivation, illegitimacy, violence, rejection, and the struggle to survive financially and emotionally. When CC died she had completed 104 works, nine of them still unpublished.
Cookson, Catherine. Rosie of the River. Bantam, 2000.
prelims and back jacket
Jones, Kathleen. Catherine Cookson: The Biography. Constable, 1999.
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Milestones

20 June 1906
Catherine McMullen (later CC ) was born an illegitimate child in Leam Lane, South Shields, near Tyne Dock.
Jones, Kathleen. Catherine Cookson: The Biography. Constable, 1999.
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April 1969
CC published her first work of acknowledged autobiography: Our Kate, titled from her mother , not herself.
British Books in Print. J. Whitaker and Sons, 1987.
1970
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
Jones, Kathleen. Catherine Cookson: The Biography. Constable, 1999.
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11 June 1998
CC died at ninety-one, after several years almost at death's door; her husband followed her within three weeks.
Jones, Kathleen. Catherine Cookson: The Biography. Constable, 1999.
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Biography

Birth and Background

20 June 1906
Catherine McMullen (later CC ) was born an illegitimate child in Leam Lane, South Shields, near Tyne Dock.
Jones, Kathleen. Catherine Cookson: The Biography. Constable, 1999.
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