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The Glass Virgin: A Novel
by Catherine Cookson
Annabella Lagrange had the kind of childhood that most can only dream about. The only child of an aristocratic couple, raised on their magnificent estate in the English countryside, she was loved by her parents and coddled by servants who acquiesced to her every whim. She was allowed to do anything she wanted, except, of course, to stray...
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The Tide of Life
by Catherine Cookson
Sep McGilby always said that Emily Kennedy had a happy face. And at sixteen, Emily had a lot to be glad about. She loved her job as maid-of-all-work to the McGilbys, and the only cloud on her horizon was her anxiety about her delicate younger sister, Lucy. But when the invalid Mrs McGilby dies, and Sep killed in an accident soon after...
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My Beloved Son
by Catherine Cookson
Ellen Jebeau married a man who did little but dream, and who then died with debt his only legacy. Whatever else her marriage had lacked, however, she had her son Joseph. Ellen resolved he should have all in life she had missed and to achieve that end, she would stop at nothing. It was Sir Arthur Jebeau, her late husband’s brother...
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Bill Bailey (The Bailey Chronicles series Book 1)
by Catherine Cookson
From the moment Bill Bailey arrived to take up residence at Fiona Nelson’s home in the Tyneside town of Fellburn, he made his presence felt in no uncertain terms. As a young widow left badly off, and with three children to bring up, Fiona had come to know all the problems of trying to make ends meet. So despite the inevitably...
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The Nipper
by Catherine Cookson
The Nipper’s been sold for a pit pony!’ Losing both his job and his home when the small farm he lives on is sold, fifteen-year-old Sandy is horrified when his much-loved young pony, the Nipper, is sold as a pit pony, destined to spend the rest of his life hauling coal underground, unlikely ever to see daylight or have fresh grass...
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The Tinker's Girl
by Catherine Cookson
Just before her fifteenth birthday Jinnie Howlett is offered a position as maid-of-all-work at a farm near the Cumbrian border. She hopes this will be a welcome relief from the workhouse she knows too well. But when she meets her brutish employers Jinnie realises she has only exchanged one life of drudgery for another. She is grateful...
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The Fen Tiger
by Catherine Cookson
Deep in the wild fen country, Rosamund Morley lived a cloistered, poverty-stricken existence with her sister Jennifer and her alcoholic father. She was the prop and stay of the family – and it was she who ran for help the night her father set his bed alight after a drinking bout. That night was to change the course of Rosamund’s...
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Fenwick Houses
by Catherine Cookson
High above the river stood the small terrace of miners’ cottages known as Fenwick Houses. And here, during the hazardous years of the depression, lived Christine Winter, a girl blessed – or cursed – with the indefinable appeal that drove men to the brink of obsession. Three men dominated her life – her brother Ronnie; Sam, whose...
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The Round Tower
by Catherine Cookson
A constant source of enjoyment for Mrs Cookson’s many and devoted readers is the vividness and realism with which she recreates the Tyneside scene she knows so well. The Round Tower is set here and portrays the clash between Jonathan Ratcliffe and Angus Cotton, and the corresponding contrast between their respected backgrounds – the...
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Tilly Trotter Widowed (The Tilly Trotter Trilogy Book 3)
by Catherine Cookson
Tilly was first a rich man’s mistress, then a frontier wife, and now a widow. With her two children, half-blind Willy and her adopted daughter, Josefina, Tilly returns to Highfield Manor, where she’d started her life working as a nursemaid all those years ago. But Tilly is now a rich woman with Highfield, the estate and mine all...
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Matty Doolin
by Catherine Cookson
Matty is fifteen and, in his Tyneside home in the 1960s, this means it is time for him to leave school and follow his father into the docks and get a job in ship building. All Matty really wants, however, is to work with animals, tend them, help them and care for them. But he has no qualifications and his parents have no real...
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Lanky Jones
by Catherine Cookson
Daniel Jones wanted no more trouble – he already had plenty. Living alone with his father was far from easy, and the weekend visits with his now-attentive mother and her new husband were almost more than the fifteen-year-old could bear. But then, one night, he and his father are stranded during a snowstorm and are offered refuge by a...
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Our John Willie
by Catherine Cookson
Davy and his deaf and dumb younger brother, John Willie, find themselves homeless after their father is killed in a mining accident. Eccentric Miss Peamarsh offers a chance for a new future – but then Davy stumbles across a horrifying secret from Miss Peamarsh’s past and it could ruin everything…
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The Man Who Cried
by Catherine Cookson
There are men who can at times be stirred by the power and conflict of their own emotions to the point of shedding tears. Such a man was Abel Mason. Unhappily married to the shrewish Lena, he sought release in a love affair that soon ended in brutal tragedy. Abel left home, taking with him his young son, Dick, and together they tramped...
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Kate Hannigan: A Novel
by Catherine Cookson
Master of romantic fiction Catherine Cookson is world renowned for her enthralling tales of love that triumphs over impossible odds. In Kate Hannigan, her very first novel, Catherine Cookson introduces us to the enduring story of her most charismatic heroine. The moment he lays eyes on Kate, Dr. Rodney Prince is enchanted. He senses...
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Miss Martha Mary Crawford
by Catherine Cookson
Ever since her mother died, Martha Mary had had to take over the running of her home, a sprawling mansion called The Habitation.  But more and more she found herself nursing her aunt who was prone to fits and playing mother to her sisters, with no tasks too demeaning for her, as the bills mounted and there was no money to pay for...
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The Gillyvors
by Catherine Cookson
A century or so ago there lived at Heap Hollow Cottage, situated near Fellburn in County Durham, a man and a woman and their six children. By all appearances they were a close and loving family. Yet across the happy façade lay a shadow that had lengthened and darkened with the passing years. For the mother and father were not husband...
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The Silent Lady: A Novel
by Catherine Cookson
Catherine Cookson was one of the world's most beloved writers. Her books have sold millions of copies, and her characters and their stories have captured the imagination of readers around the globe. She passed away in 1998, but luckily for her fans, Cookson left behind several unpublished novels, among them the compelling Silent Lady....
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The Lady on my Left
by Catherine Cookson
Alison Read, orphaned when she was two years old, had for some years lived and worked with Paul Aylmer, her appointed guardian. Paul, an experienced antique dealer whose business thrived in the south-coast town of Sealock, had come to rely on Alison, who had quickly learned the trade. But when he asked her to value the contents of...
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Feathers in the Fire
by Catherine Cookson
Davie Armstrong struggles hard for his place at Cock Shield Farm and finds himself at odds with the owner, a man of mordant temper and villainous pride. He watches as his master, Angus McBain, publicly thrashes young Molly Geary for refusing to name the man who made her pregnant. And yet, only an hour later, Davie sees the two of them...
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The Black Velvet Gown
by Catherine Cookson
There would be times when Riah Millican came to regret that her husband had learned to read and write, and then shared his knowledge with her and their children. For this was Durham in the 1830’s, when employers tended to regard the spread of education with suspicion. But now Seth Millican was dead and she was a widow with the need to...
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The Bonny Dawn
by Catherine Cookson
For seventeen-year-old Brid Stevens, the day began with such promise. At four o’clock on a summer morning, her alarm clock roused her from a dream-filled sleep. She had an appointment to keep with Joe Lloyd whom she had met at the weekly dance. On the cliff-top at Stockwell Hill, overlooking the sea, they were to watch the sun come up....
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The Dwelling Place
by Catherine Cookson
Cissie Brody grew up on a tenant farm where life was a continual struggle for survival. When she was only fifteen, the fever swept the English countryside, leaving her to cope with the death of her parents and the care of her nine younger brothers and sisters. They were evicted from their cottage and forced out with hardly a shilling to...
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The House of Women
by Catherine Cookson
Emma Funnell is the matriarch of Bramble House, built for her as a wedding gift by Patrick Funnell who had since died. Now into her seventies, and with the avowed intent of living to be a hundred, Emma continued to keep the firmest of hands on domestic affairs and commercial interests. Under Emma’s roof and rule lived three more...
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The Parson's Daughter
by Catherine Cookson
The Victorian Sabbath was not without problems for some of those committed to its strict observance. Nancy Ann Hazel, the young and high-spirited daughter of a country parson, suffered from her father’s lengthy Sunday sermons. The autumn sunshine beckoned her into the fields and along the bank of the river that wound its way through...
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The Cinder Path
by Catherine Cookson
The cinder path which led from the Northumberland farmhouse would always symbolise defeat for Charlie MacFell. People saw him as a born loser who always got the dirty end of the stick. At the root of the matter were boyhood humiliations by his brutal father – but was that all there was to Charlie MacFell? Then an opportunity emerges...
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The Solace of Sin
by Catherine Cookson
From the first moment she saw the house on the moors north of Hexham, Constance Stapleton knew she could live there, despite its isolation, its lack of basic facilities and despite her fear of loneliness. With her marriage on the brink of disintegration, she had already decided to sell the large flat she and her husband Jim shared and...
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The Long Corridor
by Catherine Cookson
To outsiders, Dr Paul Higgin’s life appeared to be happy and contented. Everyone had a good word for him and his home life appeared to be ideal. At thirty-six, Bett Higgins could still pass for a much younger woman, not just in looks but in the way she loved the company of people half her age. A grand couple, some might say. But once...
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Tilly Trotter Wed (The Tilly Trotter Trilogy Book 2)
by Catherine Cookson
Tilly Trotter has devotedly served Mark Sopwith at Highfield Manor for twelve years. She is his wife in all but name. Theirs is a scandalous yet happy arrangement. But when Mark dies, Tilly is left pregnant with his illegitimate child. Cast out of the manor house by Mark’s spiteful grown-up daughter, Tilly is forced to face the...
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The Unbaited Trap
by Catherine Cookson
John Emmerson was a lonely man. He had a wife, a son, friends, but he was isolated from all the people and events about him by the tragedy of his past. Then he met Cissie, and for the first time his loneliness eased a little. Cissie was everything that his wife Ann was not. She was warm, compassionate and generous. And she was quick...
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The Devil and Mary Ann (The Mary Ann Stories Book 3)
by Catherine Cookson
When Mary Ann is sent from her native Tyneside to become a pupil at a high-class convent boarding school on the South Coast, the idea in her benefactor’s mind was that she should be turned into a little lady. In this, the third story in the Mary Ann series, Mary Ann is seen again as that irrepressible child of Tyneside in all her...
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The Maltese Angel
by Catherine Cookson
Catherine Cookson was at her towering best in this immensely powerful novel which spanned more than three decades, from the 1880s through World War I and beyond, as it told the story of a young man’s fateful decision and the enduring influence it had on future generations. Ward Gibson’s heart and mind were in turmoil as he rode home...
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The Lord and Mary Ann (The Mary Ann Stories Book 2)
by Catherine Cookson
As has been said before, Mary Ann Shaughnessy is no ordinary child. She first won a place in the hearts of thousands of readers in A Grand Man, described by Alan Melville in a broadcast as “a quite enchanting novel, written by someone who obviously knows the mind of a child as well as she knows the mean back streets of Tyneside.”...
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A Ruthless Need
by Catherine Cookson
Even in the heat of battle, Geoff Fulton, a professional soldier, would always carry with him the memory of the night he was on leave, when his timely intervention rescued fourteen-year-old Lizzie from the oldest of perils for a young girl, and thereby began to change her life. Lizzie came from a desperately poor home, ruled by a vicious...
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The Girl
by Catherine Cookson
Her name was Hannah Boyle, but to the people of the village she would always be “The Girl” – Matthew Thornton’s bastard. Savagely treated by Matthew’s wife, Anne, she fled for protection to the devil-may-care horse-dealer, Ned Ridley, who had earlier befriended her. But, as the waif grew to beautiful womanhood, she became an...
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Riley
by Catherine Cookson
There were many who said that Riley appeared to be older than his years. He finished school at an early age, leaving a harsh childhood behind him, brimming with optimism and secure in the knowledge that his teacher, Fred Beardsley, had faith in him. Neither of them could have envisaged at the time how their lives would be intertwined....
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Kate Hannigan's Girl: A Novel
by Catherine Cookson
Catherine Cookson was one of the world's most beloved writers. Her books have sold millions of copies, and her characters and their stories have captured the imagination of readers around the globe. She passed away in 1998, but luckily for her fans, Cookson left behind several unpublished works, including the magnificent Kate Hannigan's...
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The Blind Miller
by Catherine Cookson
Mary Hetherington was a mother who dominated her family. She was kind, efficient and generous – provided they did what she wanted. But when David brought home Sarah from the ‘wrong end’ of the Fifteen Streets, she soon took against her as Sarah brought life and laughter into the dustless and sterile house. Then when Mary...
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Mary Ann and Bill (The Mary Ann Stories Book 8)
by Catherine Cookson
Mary Ann never wanted to take on Bill in the first place. She had all too shrewd an idea of what it might involve, but both her husband, Corny, and the twins David and Mary Rose, were so keen to have the little bull-terrier puppy that in the end she was pretty well forced to give way to them. In the early stages of their relationship...
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The Year of the Virgins
by Catherine Cookson
It had never been the best of marriages and over recent years it had become effectively a marriage in name and outward appearance only. Yet, in the autumn of 1960, Winifred and Daniel Coulson presented an acceptable façade to the outside world, for Daniel had prospered sufficiently to allow them to live at Wearcill House, a mansion...
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The Golden Straw
by Catherine Cookson
It all began with a straw hat – a large, broad-brimmed hat, dyed in an elusive mixture of colours to produce a distinctive shade of pale gold. It was presented to Emily Pearson by her long-time friend and employer Mabel Arkwright, a milliner with a little store in the West End of London. And Emily owed Mrs. Arkwright more than just The...
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A Dinner of Herbs
by Catherine Cookson
A legacy of hatred can be a terrible force in life over which not even an enduring love and all the fruits of material success may prevail. Catherine Cookson explores this theme in a major novel that will absorb and enthral her readers as irresistibly as any she has written. Roddy Greenbank was brought by his father to the remote...
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The Moth
by Catherine Cookson
In the brooding north country hills, a man and a woman fought for the passion they felt for each other that the world branded a disgrace… Agnes Thorman – the proud but forlorn mistress of a once-grand estate, whose society forbade her the man who was her equal in all but name… Robert Bradley – a gifted craftsman, as visionary...
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The Thursday Friend
by Catherine Cookson
Hannah and Humphrey Drayton were regarded by all who knew them as the perfect married couple. However, all was not as it appeared on the surface, and after years of tyranny and loneliness, Hannah could no longer bear this stuffy City broker. The only relief she had was from his absence on Thursday evenings, when he played bridge with a...
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The Invisible Cord
by Catherine Cookson
It was a wartime white wedding but it was not a love match. Annie Cooper married George McCabe for one reason only: she was expecting his child. Her own parents accepted the situation with a kind of pained resignation. The easy-going McCabes, and especially George’s rumbustious mother, just took it in their stride. But Annie was a girl...
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Colour Blind
by Catherine Cookson
Even in the worst days of the slump, the McQueens kept their chins up. One by one their neighbours had departed for the workhouse, their last stick of furniture carried off by the bailiffs. Even though there was not much on the table, the McQueen house constantly echoed with laughter. The McQueens were as blunt as they were...
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The Garment
by Catherine Cookson
Motherhood is every woman’s right and the natural outcome of a happy marriage. But what then when a normal and beautiful young woman is forced to recognise, after two years as the wife of a country parson in the north of England, that her marriage is a sham and will never bring her the fulfilment she desperately needs? Grace Rouse is...
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Harold (Featuring Hamilton Book 3)
by Catherine Cookson
Catherine Cookson’s well-loved novels Hamilton and Goodbye Hamilton tell the story of Maisie, who invented an imaginary horse to keep her company through the long years of an unhappy marriage, and before she became a bestselling author. In this engaging sequel, Hamilton has vanished from Maisie’s life and two human companions take...
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The Slow Awakening
by Catherine Cookson
In the mid-1850s, life for an orphan was grim, as Kirsten MacGregor discovered when her parents died suddenly on a journey to Northumberland, leaving her penniless and alone in the hands of a cruel farmer. Somehow, Kirsten survived her terrible childhood – only to be sold, at the age of fourteen, to a traveling tinker – a vicious...
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Bill Bailey's Daughter (The Bailey Chronicles series Book 3)
by Catherine Cookson
In this, the third novel of a trilogy, the atmosphere in the Bailey household was alive with anticipation. It was not only because Christmas was approaching, or even that Bill Bailey was tackling the biggest project of his career. No, all the excitement was because in two weeks’ time, Fiona Bailey would give birth to a baby, the first...
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Hannah Massey
by Catherine Cookson
Proud and canny, ignorant and intensely ambitious, Hannah Massey is a born ruler. Her kingdom may be only a working-class household in County Durham, but within its walls her iron will governs a predominantly male family and her word is unchallengeable law. Now, in late middle age, her ambition is yet to be satisfied. She wants to see...
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The Black Candle
by Catherine Cookson
Bridget Deane Mordaunt was a woman of some consequence in her own part of the world. Inheriting her father’s businesses at the age of nineteen, by the time she was twenty-three in 1880 she was running them with as firm and confident a hand on the tiller as any man. She had also become known as a good and considerate employer whose...
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Tilly Trotter (The Tilly Trotter Trilogy Book 1)
by Catherine Cookson
Coming up sixteen, Tilly Trotter is different from the other girls in her village. Tall for her age and coltish, she is not afraid of taking on ‘man’s work’ to help out the grandparents who raised her in a cottage at the edge of the Sopwith Estate, only a few miles from the bustling Tyneside towns of County Durham. Testing times...
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Mary Ann's Angels (The Mary Ann Stories Book 7)
by Catherine Cookson
Mary Ann’s ‘Angels’ are both six years old. Eight years have passed since she married Corny Boyle, and they are now the proud parents of twins, Rose Mary and David, who are inseparable and the apple of their mother’s eye. But are they really angels? Rose Mary seems as irrepressible as her mother when it comes to managing other...
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The Mallen Girl (The Mallen Trilogy Book 2)
by Catherine Cookson
Even as a child Barbara was beautiful. But as her beauty grew, so did the affliction which shadowed it. She was becoming more and more deaf. Yet, living in an almost silent world, Barbara was protected from the knowledge which might otherwise have destroyed her – the secret of her own parentage. But there was one who knew the secret...
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Love and Mary Ann (The Mary Ann Stories Book 4)
by Catherine Cookson
Her expensive convent education hadn’t changed Mary Ann Shaughnessy one little bit. Sure, she could come over all refined when she had to, but who’d want to talk ever so nice on a farm? But in other respects she was growing up fast. As Mary Ann began to learn about the feelings of adults, so could she see that the more they loved...
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Life and Mary Ann (The Mary Ann Stories Book 5)
by Catherine Cookson
It is impossible to imagine Mary Ann Shaughnessy as anything but an enchanting, aggravating and utterly natural child, possessed of an outsized love for her father and with an inherent inclination to put right the lives of those near to her. Yet children must grow up. Mary Ann is now “going on” seventeen and life, as it really is...
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The Cultured Handmaiden
by Catherine Cookson
At twenty-one, Jinny Brownlow was, to all intents and purposes, alone in the world, a typist at a large engineering firm in the Tyneside town of Fellburn, with her only outside interest the local theatre group and where the only role she seemed to play was that of general dogsbody. Then, suddenly, her life changed. Called upon to stand...
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Heritage of Folly
by Catherine Cookson
The Batleys and the Caldwells owned neighbouring farms on the beautiful, wild Northumbrian coast. But there all similarity ended, and enmity began. For between the two families raged a violent and bitter feud – a feud so powerful that the very name of Cadwell made Ralph Batley seethe with uncontrollable fury. Into this stormy...
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Go Tell it to Mrs. Golightly
by Catherine Cookson
‘The child was bright, the voice on the phone had said; and quite normal…’ Why had they said that? They were holding something back. He had felt it from the very first. Was she a cripple, he had asked? No, the voice had said, she wasn’t a cripple. It had something that sounded like a handicap, then it had ceased abruptly. This...
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Justice is a Woman
by Catherine Cookson
The day Joe Remington brought his new bride to Fell Rise, he had already sensed she might not settle easily into his home just outside the Tyneside town of Fellburn. She made plain her disapproval of Joe’s familiarity with the servants, and questioned the donation of food to striking miners’ families. These persistent and frequent...
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Katie Mulholland
by Catherine Cookson
As the daughter of a mining family, Katie Mulholland is forced to find work as a scullery maid in the house of the Rosiers. But the beautiful young girl soon captures the eye of her employer’s evil son, who rapes her and leaves her pregnant. Quick to dismiss Katie, the family forces her into a loveless marriage with the cruel manager...
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The Blind Years
by Catherine Cookson
Bridget Gether’s parents were killed in the wartime blitz so she had lived with the Overmeers at Balderstone, their sprawling property in the Northumbrian countryside, since she was a child. Unaware that she had been manipulated into agreeing to marry their son Laurence, an encounter with Bruce Dickenson, the son of a neighbouring...
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Marriage and Mary Ann (The Mary Ann Stories Book 6)
by Catherine Cookson
It hardly seems possible, but Mary Ann Shaughnessy, the irrepressible child of Tyneside whose tempestuous journey through life thousands of readers have followed in the five books previous to this, is engaged to be married. The wedding is set to be in five weeks’ time. Everything in the garden is expected to be lovely, but few things...
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Pure as the Lily
by Catherine Cookson
Mary Walton was the apple of her father’s eye. For a long time now he had been out of work, and Mary was his only comfort during those dark years of the Depression when unemployment and a nagging, ambitious wife gnawed away at his self-respect. Once he was a man who had held his head high with Geordie pride; now his only hope was that...
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Bill Bailey's Lot (The Bailey Chronicles series Book 2)
by Catherine Cookson
Bill Bailey, the rugged Liverpudlian, was now a fully-fledged Tyneside building contractor, as staunchly loyal to his squad of workmen as they were to him. He had also met and married Fiona, a young widow with her own loveable family, to which she and Bill shortly added with the adoption of the orphaned Mamie. Life was good, but the...
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The Whip
by Catherine Cookson
Someone had once told Emma Molinero, the daughter of an itinerant carnival performer, that she was made for trouble, and certainly it had dogged her steps from childhood onwards. Her earliest memories were of life with one of the many travelling shows – part fair and part circus – that toured the shires at the dawn of the Victorian...
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The Mallen Streak (The Mallen Trilogy Book 1)
by Catherine Cookson
Mallen of High Banks Hall had many sons, most of them out of wedlock. But to all of them, he passed on his mark – a distinctive flash of white hair running to the left temple known as the Mallen Streak. It was said that those who bore the streak, borne by the sons generation after generation, seldom reached old age or died in their...
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The Mallen Litter (The Mallen Trilogy Book 3)
by Catherine Cookson
The Mallen Litter is the third and final part of the multi-generation story of the Mallens, which began with The Mallen Streak and continued with The Mallen Girl. From generation to generation bad luck and misfortune had befallen each and every member of the Mallen family. Passed from son to son, each had been cursed with a dramatic...
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The Rag Nymph
by Catherine Cookson
In the heat of a late June afternoon in 1854, abandoned by a panic-stricken mother in an all-too-obvious flight from the law, Millie Forester bursts into Aggie Winkowski’s life like a bolt from the blue. Aggie, who was known locally as ‘Raggie Aggie’ for her long-established business of trading in rags and old clothes, knew well...
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The Gambling Man
by Catherine Cookson
Rory Connor was a gambling man and he had a gambler’s luck. From the day he was born, his mother had known that Rory would be the one to make something of his life. At seven years old he was earning money from odd jobs and by fourteen, he was in full-time work. By the time he was nineteen, he had escaped the factory to become a...
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A Grand Man (The Mary Ann Stories Book 1)
by Catherine Cookson
“Me da’s a grand man!” Mary Ann Shaughnessy has spoken; question her who dare. For although Mary Ann may look quite an ordinary small girl from a dockland tenement, always hot in defense of a ne’er-do-well father, she is in fact a one-man army, armoured with faith and possessed of formidable qualities. Set on Tyneside, the part...
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Fanny McBride
by Catherine Cookson
Now that her brood had left the nest, Fanny McBride, a large, cheerful and indomitable Tyneside widow, had time to sit by her window and watch the goings-on outside. There was plenty to keep her occupied: the mystery of the new woman at Mulhattan’s Hall, the tenement block (here a fortnight already and not so much as a hello); the...
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The Harrogate Secret
by Catherine Cookson
The Harrogate Secret is a tour de force of historical imagination, a story with an enthralling plot, thick with the intertwining stories of richly drawn characters, and a brilliantly detailed portrait of the oppression of the poor by those who reaped the rewards of the British Empire. But most of all, this is a story of romance. Born...
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The Bondage of Love (The Bailey Chronicles series Book 4)
by Catherine Cookson
Only after returning from his well-attended funeral did Fiona Bailey realise just how much she would miss Davey Love. Despite her initial doubts and prejudices about this rough-hewn Irishman, towards the end of his life she had discovered qualities about him she had previously overlooked. Above all, it was his inherent kindness that she...
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The Branded Man
by Catherine Cookson
Fourteen-year-old Marie Anne Lawson, youngest daughter of a prosperous Northumbrian family, was running away from a sight she would rather not have witnessed when she stumbled and fell, injuring her ankle. She was discovered by a local man who, because of a disfigurement, was known as ‘the branded man’. Already fearful of him by...
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Maggie Rowan
by Catherine Cookson
This is the story of the mining folk of County Durham; a story rich in human pathos in the portrayal of the families and homes of the men who go down the pit. There were plenty around Fellburn who said Maggie Rowan was as plain as a pikestaff, a woman consumed with jealousy at her sister’s good fortune in marrying well. But Maggie...
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The Invitation
by Catherine Cookson
When the Gallachers received an invitation from the Duke of Moorshire to attend an evening at Lea Hall, Maggie was overwhelmed. She could still scarcely believe her eyes, even if it was a long-overdue honour – after all her husband Rod had done for the town. She did not see the invitation as the rock on which she was to perish; nor was...
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Rooney
by Catherine Cookson
His full name is Joseph Rooney Smith and he works for the corporation of one of the Tyneside towns as an ‘M.P.’. This has nothing to do with the Houses of Parliament, but is short for ‘Muck Pusher’: Rooney is a dustman. A shy man, Rooney has one aim in life – a comfortable home, but with a difference – he did not want a...
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The Fifteen Streets: A Novel
by Catherine Cookson
Catherine Cookson was one of the world's most beloved writers. Her books have sold millions of copies, and her characters and their stories have captured the imaginations of readers around the globe. Now, available for the first time in this country, comes one of Cookson's earliest and most stirring historical romances: The Fifteen...
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The Menagerie
by Catherine Cookson
The Broadhursts were a mining family and, to outsiders, they appeared to be happy, loyal and united. But it was Jinny – wife, mother, sister – who held them together. Her pride and her strength prevented their fears and hates from overwhelming them. There was Jack, her younger son, trapped into marrying a shrew; and Lottie, her...
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The Iron Façade
by Catherine Cookson
Prudence Dudley was a woman who appeared to have everything: an undeniably attractive woman who had already achieved considerable success as a novelist. Yet she remained at odds with life. It all stemmed from the past: her sad rejected childhood and the more recent past of a deeply wounding emotional crisis. Nearing a breakdown, she...
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Slinky Jane
by Catherine Cookson
In Battenbun, Northumberland, there live four Puddleton men – Grandpop, Old Popo, Pop and Peter. Three of them have two things in common: a squint in one eye and in the other, a glint for the opposite sex. Peter, his mother’s only joy, has no squint and no eye for women either – until one day a customer calls at his garage on the...
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Hamilton (Featuring Hamilton Book 1)
by Catherine Cookson
Maisie doesn’t understand why her mother can’t love her, but she knows that her life is hard and deeply unhappy. When her stepfather George, the only person she trusts, leaves, Maisie has no protector until she begins to escape. She could never be quite sure when she first met up with Hamilton; most likely it was when she started...
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Goodbye Hamilton (Featuring Hamilton Book 2)
by Catherine Cookson
It seemed the clouds that had darkened so much of Maisie’s early life had finally cleared away. Freed at last from a disastrous marriage, she had also become a bestselling author with her very first book – all about Hamilton, the remarkable horse her imagination conjured for solace through the long years of an unhappy marriage....
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Rosie of the River
by Catherine Cookson
When Fred Carpenter suggests to his wife Sally that they take a boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads, she is filled with trepidation. Nevertheless she summons her courage and the couple and their bull-terrier Bill set off in their boat, the Dogfish Three. Sally’s misgivings are soon justified, as a series of disasters, human...
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Our Kate
by Catherine Cookson
Catherine Cookson’s personal story, Our Kate, made plain how it was she knew her background and her characters so well: she lived in it and with them, under conditions so hard and primitive that, as one reviewer of Our Kate wrote: ‘It is a vivid, raw, tenacious existence which she recollects; at times almost more than the eye can...
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Let Me Make Myself Plain
by Catherine Cookson
In Let Me Make Myself Plain, Catherine Cookson may be said to have broken new ground as an author. The title echoed her first surprised reaction to a television producer’s suggestion that she undertook a series of late-night Epilogues. She accepted the challenge with results so successful that many who heard the talks wrote asking...
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Plainer Still
by Catherine Cookson
Catherine Cookson’s previous collection of essays and poems, Let Me Make Myself Plain, was published in response to the enthusiastic reception of a series of late night radio Epilogues. Following the remarkable success of that volume, she had compiled a further selection of thoughts, recollections, and observations on life – and...
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Before I Go
by Catherine Cookson
Known for the wit of her writing, Catherine Cookson was the UK’s most widely read novelist during her lifetime. When her Estate discovered this never-before-published memoir in the attic of her home, it was an astonishing find. Before I Go is the definitive story of her life, in the author’s own candid words. While Cookson had...
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Saint Christopher and the Gravedigger
by Catherine Cookson
Known for the wit of her writing, in her lifetime Catherine Cookson became the UK’s most widely read novelist. When the Cookson Estate discovered the unpublished manuscript of Saint Christopher and the Gravedigger in the attic of her home, they unearthed a gem for Cookson’s many fans. Gravedigger John Gascoigne lives in Downfell...
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The Nice Bloke
by Catherine Cookson
Harry Blenheim wasn’t what you might call a good-looking fellow, but his face was full of character, with the kindest eyes God ever made. That’s what his wife Esther had said, back in the days when they’d loved and laughed together. Now, it was five years since they had even kissed goodnight. Still, everyone in Fellburn...
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