About Catherine Cookson
Dame Catherine Ann Cookson was one of the most popular and beloved writers of her time. She wrote over 100 novels and had a fan base that spanned the globe. Her writing style was both powerful and captivating, and her stories often explored the complexities of working-class life in Northern England.
Cookson’s childhood was difficult and full of hardship. Born out of wedlock in South Shields, she grew up in poverty and faced discrimination from society. Despite this, she was a gifted storyteller from an early age and loved to read books about strong women who faced adversity. These experiences inspired her to become a writer and share the stories of working-class women who faced similar struggles.
Her books captured the hearts of readers all over the world. Her powerful and emotional storytelling continues to captivate audiences, and her legacy as one of the greatest British authors of all time remains unchallenged.
Following her death in 1998, aged 91, the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust continues Dame Catherine’s generous philanthropy in supporting charitable, medical and academic research organisations through grants and funding.Read Catherine's biography