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When John O'Brien fell in love with Mary Llewellyn he knew there was a gulf between them that nothing could bridge - the gulf of the "Fifteen Streets".
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Helen Dunmore "The Times" (London) Catherine Cookson's novels are about hardship, the intractability of life and of individuals, the struggle first to survive and next to make sense of one's survival. Humour, toughness, resolution, and generosity are Cookson virtues, in a world which she often depicts as cold and violent. Her novels are weighted and driven by her own early experiences of illegitimacy and poverty. This is what gives them power. In the specialised world of women's popular fiction, Cookson has created her own territory.About the Author:
Catherine Cookson lived in Northumberland, England, the setting of many of her international bestsellers. Born in Tyne Dock, she was the illegitimate daughter of an impoverished woman, Kate, whom she was raised to believe was her older sister. She began to work in the civil service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married a local grammar school master.
Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer, in 1968 her novel The Round Tower won the Winifred Holtby Award, her readership quickly spread worldwide, and her many bestselling novels established her as one of the most popular contemporary authors. After receiving an OBE in 1985, Catherine Cookson was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1993. She died shortly before her ninety-second birthday, in June 1998, having completed 104 works.
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Book Description F.A. Thorpe, 1975. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. G-. Complete and unabridged large print edition. Ex-library with stamps to title page and front end paper, and library pocket to rear end paper. Front end paper also shows book plate, and a rectangular section missing. Dust jacket: large section torn from base of spine. Jacket is protected in library cover, and is attached to the book with tape at front and rear paste downs. Spine is slightly slanted, and binding is a tad loose but holding. Internally, this book has no writing or marks. This is a great reading copy. Language: eng. Seller Inventory # 1172
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR010055351