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It is the early 1920s and Kate Hannigan is happily married to Dr Rodney Prince, who has willingly accepted her illegitimate daughter, Annie, as the eldest child of their household. Everything seems to be going well for the Prince family, but soon spiteful rumours about Kate's earlier life seem to haunt both her and Annie - an insidious threat that revives memories of the poverty and narrowness of life in the Fifteen Streets district that they have so recently left behind.Annie will be faced with some of the problems that earlier beset her mother: religious prejudice and a choice between two different ways of life - the comfortable middle-class existence offered by Brian Stannard and the uncertain prospects of Terence McBane, a brilliant mathematician from the underprivileged world Annie and her mother have just escaped. In the sequel to "Kate Hannigan", Cookson's first published novel, Kate's daughter Annie must find the strength and maturity to overcome the troubles that threaten to engulf her.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552145817
ISBN-10: 0552145815
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 106mm x 21mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Corgi Books
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » Fifty years ago, Catherine Cookson's first book Kate Hannigan was banned in Ireland and caused a stir among her own neighbours for its description of a birth. Her early decision to write about what she knew - ordinary north-eastern lives - has been an important element of her enduring success. This, her hundredth book, is a sequel to her first and finds the original Kate comfortably married to a man who accepts her illegitimate daughter, but vicious rumours blight her otherwise happy life. As her daughter Annie grows she too grapples with many of the problems her mother faced as she searches for the strength of character that sustained her mother. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » Overwrought but appealing melodrama set sometime after WWI in Tyneside..Annie Hannigan, a sensitive girl who dreams of becoming a nun, is aghast to discover that a convent schoolmate, Cathleen Davidson, has been telling tales about her: specifically, that her mother, Kate Hannigan, isn't really married to her stepfather, Dr. Rodney Prince; and that Annie herself is illegitimate. Kate advises her daughter to ignore the malicious gossip (even though Annie had indeed been born on the wrong side of the blanket) and assures her that a civil marriage ceremony is perfectly legal, no matter what Father Bailey says. Happy at last (and pregnant again), Kate has no way of knowing that beautiful Cathleen is bent on wrecking the lives of so many innocent people: Terence MacBane, the poor but intelligent young man educated at Oxford, with whom Annie falls in love; Steve, the brawny chauffeur who's ensnared by Cathleen's seductive wiles; Michael Davidson, Cathleen's brother, who's sent to Canada to keep him away from his evil sister's machinations; husband Rodney, who's beginning to believe the rumors Cathleen spread about Kate's putative love affair with Steve (see above: brawny chauffeur); and even Father Bailey, the beleaguered priest who tries to keep lovelorn Annie from entering the convent after she discovers Cathleen's nude sketches of Terence and Terence's rambling journal notations about love in general and his feelings for Cathleen in particular. Distraught, Annie clambers down a seaside cliff to drown herself, but Terence snaps out of his post-grad fog and rescues her in a dramatic finale, while Cathleen awaits her comeuppance..Another breathlessly paced, emotionally charged tale for fans of the late Cookson (1906 - 98).. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust

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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