Kathleen Jones

Kathleen Jones

The Secret Life of Catherine Cookson

Catherine Cookson was born in 1906, the illegitimate daughter of a domestic servant, and brought up in one of the poorest communities of the western world. She became one of the most famous, and wealthiest, writers of the twentieth century. Kathleen Jones reveals the secrets Catherine kept, including the identity of her father. 

Kathleen Jones is a poet, biographer and novelist, whose subjects include Katherine Mansfield, Norman Nicholson, Catherine Cookson, Christina Rossetti, and the women of the Wordsworth and Coleridge families. Kathleen worked in broadcast journalism and is the author of two novels and four collections of poetry. She was appointed as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow in 2007.


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