Catherine Cookson was born the illegitimate daughter of a poverty-stricken woman, Kate, whom she believed to be her older sister. She began work as a domestic, but eventually moved to Hastings where she met and married Tom Cookson, a local school teacher. Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer - her novel "The Round Tower" won the Winifred Holtby Award for the best regional novel of 1968 - her readership quickly spread throughout the world, and her many bestselling novels...See more