The Catherine Cookson Anthology (Eight Disc Set)
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8 DVD set includes the mini-series:
The Cinder Path Colour Blind A Dinner of Herbs The Girl
The Secret The Tide of Life Tilly Trotter
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Cookson took up writing as a form of therapy to tackle her depression, and joined Hastings Writers' Group --- Her first novel, Kate Hannigan, was published in 1950 --- Though it was labelled a romance, she expressed discontent with the stereotype --- Her books were, she said, historical novels about people and conditions she knew --- Cookson had little to do with the London literary circus --- She was always more interested in practicing the art of writing --- Her research could be uncomfortable - going down a mine, for instance, because her heroine came from a mining area --- Having in her youth wanted to write about "above stairs" in grand houses, she later and successfully concentrated on people ground down by circumstances, taking care to know them well.
Cookson went on to write almost 100 books, selling more than 123 million copies of her books, her works being translated into at least 20 languages --- She also authored books under the pseudonyms Catherine Marchant and a name derived from her childhood name, Katie McMullen --- She remained the most borrowed author from public libraries in the UK for more than 20 years, only losing the title in 2004, which is testament to the ongoing popularity of her novels.Read more ›
This film features a pre-Hollywood Catherine Zeta Jones as the haughty and spoiled brat. She plays this role to a tee and was (before being "spoiled" by Hollywood) one of my favorite actresses previously because of this role.
Everyone can enjoy this movie, relate to the hardships and life's tough decisions. All in all, it has a great message, but learning life's lessons is not all that easy.
The Cinder Path is based on the bestselling novel of Catherine Cookson. If you love period Jane Austen-like romantic drama this one is for you. Why did I not give five stars? I did not like the extensive war and battle-scenes. Furthermore, I thought it a shame that this DVD does not feature any extras (no widescreen, foreign languages, subtitels, behind the scenes information). But all in all it is a beautiful crafted movie.
Although the starring roles are played ably by Lloyd Owen and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the most memorable and arresting performance was delivered by Maria Miles as Nellie. Maria Miles brought her character to life and graced her with a beauty that surpassed even that of Catherine Zeta-Jones. In fact, the character of Nellie emerges from personal depression to become one of the genuinely strong and likeable figures in of the Cookson series (and I have seen them all).
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This set was given to my mother as a gift for Christmas as she loves Catherine Cookson. She was very happy with the gift and that’s all that I have heard about since I purchased... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Daniel
Very enjoyable. I remember when I saw it on Masterpiece Theater. A good story with fine acting.Published 7 months ago by Rene Krammer
I bought this DVD based on the reviews and what sounded like a promising storyline; I really expected it to become one of my favorites, however, that is not the case. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nancy G.
I could not believe that this here as soon as I saw this collection I bought it I read the books and watched the movies loved them. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Verna Naugle
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