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The Dwelling Place Paperback – 1900

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Corgi (1900)
  • ASIN: B0010BOH02
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,768,200 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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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a huge fan of Catherine Cookson, I'd have to say The Dwelling Place is the best I have read so far...and I've read many of her books! Don't miss this story of a young girl's struggle to ovecome the odds at keeping her family together. Her selfless strength of character and integrity throughout this story, as well as the satisfying endings to this and all of her stories, are what make Catherine Cookson's books so wonderful and keep the reader coming back for more! Read The Dwelling Place ~ you won't be disappointed!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1998
Format: Paperback
My sister and I recently discussed how we loved this book as young teens. First read it as a Reader's Digest Condensed book. I loved it so much that I've since purchased many of Ms. Cookson's books. She feeds you some history and flavor of another culture, painlessly wrapped in an emotionally gripping tale. Another favorite from her: Feathers In The Fire.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Werley on August 2, 2004
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I, too, read this as a young teenager in a Reader's Digest Condensed version. It was compelling and breath-taking. I have since read dozens of other Catherine Cookson novels, but this one is by far the best one ever. It is the standard by which I judge all other historical novels I have read since.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By gfelt@ibm.net on December 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
Catherine Cookson has written a beautifully complex and compelling story about the human spirit. Set in the early to mid-1800s the characters draw the reader into their various lifestyles ranging from aristocratic splendor to the depths of poverty. Catherine Cookson provides the reader with vivid images of a family struggling to survive and maintain their dignity as much of the world turns to them a blind eye.
A must read for those interested in 19th century England as well as anyone looking to be absorbed into a fascinating story of triumph.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have read this book for many years. I bring it out once a year to enjoy it. The courage that Cissy had was so unbelievable. I felt like I was right there in the cave.Catherine Cookson 's books make you feel that you are living a part of history Bravo Catherine Cookson.!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
this book has been a favorite of my for years.Any one who reads this book will be amazed at the human spirit of this child to preserve her family against the odds of society.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1998
Format: Paperback
My sister and I recently discussed how we loved this book as young teens. First read it as a Reader's Digest Condensed book. I loved it so much that I've since purchased many of Ms. Cookson's books. She feeds you some history and flavor of another culture, painlessly wrapped in an emotionally gripping tale. Another favorite from her: Feathers In The Fire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on August 11, 2013
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Kept my interest.... SPOILER ALERT: Hard to believe that someone could fall in love with their rapist... But it was an interesting read.
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