Catherine Cookson’s My Beloved Son (and the problem of a flawed premise)

My Beloved Son by Catherine Cookson My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is one of those books where I thought the story line was fantastic, it was well-paced and had clever characterisation BUT and it is a big but, the difficulty I had was that one of the fundamental premises of the book wasContinue reading “Catherine Cookson’s My Beloved Son (and the problem of a flawed premise)”

Catherine Cookson’s The Gambling Man

Of all of the Cookson novels I have read so far, this one is my favourite, and, in my opinion, the one that is the best written. As you would come to expect from such a prolific novelist, she creates a realistic setting, engaging characters, and a pacy narrative lawyered with relatable conflict and suspense.Continue reading “Catherine Cookson’s The Gambling Man”

Catherine Cookson’s The Cinder Path

This was a rather fitting read for this time of year, with part of the book set during World War I. I was rather pleased to find a Dickensian reference in The Cinder Path, and I have blogged about this already at https://deborahsiddoway.com/2020/11/0… As this is the fourth Cookson novel that I have read, I amContinue reading “Catherine Cookson’s The Cinder Path”

Chatterbox – A Victorian Journal

I started reading The Cinder Path by Catherine Cookson, the fourth novel of hers I have turned to as I embrace my Northern heritage after moving back up here. I will come back to that book when I have finished reading it. But one of the things I want to explore is the historical settingContinue reading “Chatterbox – A Victorian Journal”

Catherine Cookson’s The Girl

The Girl by Catherine Cookson My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was a difficult book for me to read, given the central character is presented as the illegitimate offspring of a middle class, relatively well-off family man. This is my second foray into Catherine Cookson as I read my way through a compendium ofContinue reading “Catherine Cookson’s The Girl”

Catherine Cookson: A Review of the Biography of her Life.

Catherine Cookson by Kathleen Jones My rating: 5 of 5 stars In 1994, I wrote a letter to Catherine Cookson, explaining that my Mam was a huge fan, and that I wanted to get her something special for her 40th birthday. I asked if it were possible for her to autograph a book for her.Continue reading “Catherine Cookson: A Review of the Biography of her Life.”