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Seeking Catherine Cookson's 'Da': the real story of finding her father.

By: Jones, Kathleen, 1946-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Constable, 2004Description: 256 pages ; 22cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1841198455.Subject(s): Cookson, Catherine -- Family | Cookson, Catherine, 1906-1998 | Women novelists, English -- 20th century | Novelists, English -- 20th century | Illegitimate children -- England, North East | Women novelists, English -- 20th century -- Biography | Novelists, English -- 20th century -- Biography | Illegitimate children -- England, North East -- BiographyDDC classification: 928.21 Review: "Catherine Cookson said that the shame of her illegitimacy was the driving force behind her compulsion to write. She claimed not to know who her father was but allowed people to believe that he was an aristocrat. Kathleen Jones has at last discovered the truth about the elusive 'Alexander Davies' named on Cookson's birth certificate. She tells a story as surprising and compelling as one of Cookson's own novels and reveals that Catherine was not only knew who her father was, but that she used him as the bigamous hero of one of her books, The Gambling Man. Kathleen's search for the truth led her from the mining communities of the North East, to Scotland and America."--BOOK JACKET.
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This is a real life detective story, tracking down the missing father of one of Britain's most famous authors - the father she didn't want anyone to know about literature out of the personal tragedies of her working class upbringing and early life in the industrial North East. Her biographer gives this account of her search to discover the truth of Cookson's childhood and the mystery of her father's identity. As the story unfolds, the reader is led to a deeper understanding of the demons that drove Cookson to become one of the most popular novelists of her day. It is a story of terrible poverty, of harsh lessons learnt generation after generation, but also of hope and eventual reconciliation.

"Catherine Cookson said that the shame of her illegitimacy was the driving force behind her compulsion to write. She claimed not to know who her father was but allowed people to believe that he was an aristocrat. Kathleen Jones has at last discovered the truth about the elusive 'Alexander Davies' named on Cookson's birth certificate. She tells a story as surprising and compelling as one of Cookson's own novels and reveals that Catherine was not only knew who her father was, but that she used him as the bigamous hero of one of her books, The Gambling Man. Kathleen's search for the truth led her from the mining communities of the North East, to Scotland and America."--BOOK JACKET.

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