The love child: a novel

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Summit Books, 1990 - Fiction - 366 pages
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Set in the northern English countryside that Catherine Cookson depicts so beautifully, this 19th-century saga tells of the romance of Nathaniel and Maria, who together have six children. They have never married, however, and their children are scorned and treated as outcasts. A dramatic portrait of a battle to overcome human cruelty and the restorative power of love.

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The latest gossip-wallop Cookson novel takes place in an 1880's northern English village, complete with manor house, coal mines, and villagers unusually nasty. Here, Cookson's heroine, born like her ... Read full review

The love child: a novel

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Unable to obtain a divorce from his alcoholic wife, Nathaniel Martell and his mistress defy convention and live together openly. They manage not only to feed, clothe, and educate their six children ... Read full review

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About the author (1990)

Catherine Cookson lived in Northumberland, England, the setting of many of her international bestsellers. Born in Tyne Dock, she was the illegitimate daughter of an impoverished woman, Kate, whom she was raised to believe was her older sister. She began to work in the civil service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married a local grammar school master.

Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer, in 1968 her novel "The Round Tower" won the Winifred Holtby Award, her readership quickly spread worldwide, and her many bestselling novels established her as one of the most popular contemporary authors. After receiving an OBE in 1985, Catherine Cookson was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1993. She died shortly before her ninety-second birthday, in June 1998, having completed 104 works.