Catherine Cookson was born Catherine McMullen in 1906. Her life began in poverty and she grew up believing her real mother was her sister. In a life that could have been taken from any of her own novels, Catherine aspired to achieve more than many of her time.
From poverty to wealth she left the sadness behind to start a new life in Hastings where she was to meet her husband, Tom Cookson. As a form of therapy, Catherine began to write and never stopped and became one of the world's best selling authors.
Catherine Cookson's novels have sold millions the world over and enjoy a huge following.