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Bill Bailey Paperback – 1986

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: CORGI (1986)
  • ISBN-10: 0552130168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552130165
  • ASIN: B001KT5EOM
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,442,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock, the illegitimate daughter of a poverty-stricken woman, Kate, whom she believed to be her older sister. She began work in service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married Tom Cookson, a local grammar-school master.

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 best-selling novels established her as one of the most popular of contemporary women novelists.

After receiving an OBE in 1985, Catherine Cookson was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1993. She was appointed an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford, in 1997.

For many years she lived near Newcastle upon Tyne. She died shortly before her ninety-second birthday, in June 1998.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ann Rule Fan on April 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Catherine Cookson is one of my favorite authors. I have read about 80 of her novels. I do prefer her stories that are set in the mid to late 1800s or early 1900s. Perhaps this is why I didn't enjoy this book as much as I have most of the others. It is set in the 1950s as I interpreted it. It is a really difficult book to get involved in. I did read the Bill Bailey Chronicles version, which actually includes 3 books: Bill Bailey, Bill Bailey's Lot, and Bill Bailey's Daughter. The last 2 were more interesting that the first one, but of course you would need to read the first one in order to understand the others.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ayelass on January 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
Wonderful book, I couldn't put it down .You will not be disapointed, Catherine Cookson Never lets you down . A Great Read , Makes you cry and Laugh !
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After finishing the Mary Ann series on 20 December 2013, I had to find another series, and right from picking up Bill Bailey on 20/13/13 I was hooked. This is the first in a series of 4 and you can be sure I will read and re-read this series. There are so many aspects in this book, which i have almost finished, that can be related to either personally, or what you have experienced yourself, through others, in life. A great read.
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By Amber Darcy on July 3, 2013
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I don't usually write reviews but I recommend the 3 books on Bill Bailey and I wish there were more. You can see some good parenting in these books.
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Any book by Cookson is worth reading and I liked Bill Bailey. A bit differant from most of her books--If you like Bill Bailey you must read the next two books about Bill and his ready made familey--it is worth your time
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By Don McGrory on December 29, 2014
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A tale as only Catherine Cookson can tell it.!!! Thoroughly enjoyed it only half way through the story when I had to order the next two in the series. Now on the third book and will have to get the fourth in the series. Anyone reading this will feel the same as I did I am sure .Great story line, in all books. Go for it !!!!!!
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