Book Review: To Be A Lady: Story of Catherine Cookson

To be a Lady: Story of Catherine Cookson
by Cliff Goodwin
Endeavour Press

Biographies & Memoirs
Pub Date Sep 11, 2015  
   Catherine Cookson was born in June of 1906.  Catherine first attended a school that had far from satisfactory conditions, with poor ventilation often freezing and unsatisfactory conditions, but Catherine was always an inquisitive child.

   From a young age Catherine knew she was different her Mother was not married and she really did not know her Father.  Before she was even eight years old Catherine carried both the burden and the guilt of an adult. 

   On December 13 1917 Catherine’s Grandmother died at the age of fifty nine.  In the winter of 1919 and 1920 Catherine suffered from a leg injury that would plague her for the rest of her life.

   On November 28, 1940 Catherine gave birth to a son who was still born and three months early.  During 1943 Catherine became pregnant for a third time this one leading to a miscarriage doctors warned her after this another pregnancy would end in death.  After a series of miscarriages Catherine became so depressed she began contemplating suicide.  Catherine first began seriously writing by trying to put her Mother’s life to paper.  In 1950 Catherine’s first novel Kate Hannigan was published.  By the mid 1950’s even the Queen Mother was a fan of Catherine Cookson.

If you love to read stories of people overcoming early difficulties then To Be A Lady is a book I would highly recommend.

I give this book five out of five stars…

Happy Reading…

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