THE JARROW LASS
*An Amazon Kindle Bestseller*
Published by MacLeod Trotter Books and available as an ebook, paperback and in German translation.
1906, The Ravensworth Arms, Lamesley, Gateshead.
Kate Fawcett, a barmaid, fell into the arms of a mysterious stranger
and conceived an illegitimate child.
The child grew up to be Dame Catherine Cookson OBE.
Heavy with the shameful sin that a child out of wedlock would bring
to her family, Kate agreed that her mother would bring Catherine
up as her own. This book tells Rose's story.
The story is set in the 1870s on Tyneside. She is brought up in her parents smallholding in Jarrow but dreams of the world beyond the grime of the town, a world she glimpsed at a fairytale wedding on the Ravensworth Estate during a visit to her grandmother.
Marriage brings a beautiful home and a brood of daughters but heartache and poverty are just waiting around the corner.
I have been just as 'riveted' as I was with 'A Child of Jarrow'
and have been unable to resist picking the book up in any spare
moment I have had and had difficulty putting it down again. I have
just finished 'The Jarrow Lass' and I feel I must read 'A Child
of Jarrow' again. What fantastic books, I enjoyed every part of
them both - and was almost transported in to that time and place
as I read, it's as though the pages come alive.
A powerful novel of passion and heartache inspired by the
life of Catherine Cookson’s grandmother. Janet MacLeod Trotter’s
poignant, compelling family drama is based on the life of Catherine
Cookson’s grandmother. Totally engrossing and vividly bringing to
life the time and place, it is sure to appeal to all Catherine’s
A real weepy tale - So much goes wrong for Rose in this
story - inspired by the life of Catherine Cooksons grandmother -
the book should be sold with a complimentary box of tissues.
Dear Janet, I have just finished reading "The Jarrow Lass",
I couldn't put it down, it was nice to read a book with hardly
any bad language and no graphic sex details in. I have picked up
from my local Public Library "Child of Jarrow" and I cannot wait
to start reading it.
Thank you for a wonderful read and a gruelling insight to history,
(made me appreciate what I have got in my life).
I live in North Shields so I'm not far from Jarrow! I hadn't
read a book for a couple of years, at least not fiction, too busy
working. However, my cousin gave me your book to read (The Jarrow
Lass) and I just couldn't put it down, you must be sick of hearing
this I bet. What a marvellous creative writer you are!! I do hope
you write a sequel to this book and let everyone know how kate and
Alexander got along.
Very best wishes to you Janet!!
Hi Janet, I've just finished reading your latest book, the
Jarrow Lass and thought it was excellent. Like all your books
I enjoyed it immensely.
I can't wait for the next one!
Mrs. Bell - Northumberland.
Please advise when this book will be available in Australia.
I have just finished reading A Jarrow Lass and thoroughly enjoyed
it, I had a look on the net as I was sure there would be a sequel
to A Jarrow Lass and was elated when I found A Child of Jarrow,
I rushed out to my local library but they do not have it, I would
greatly appreciate it if you can let me know if and when it is going
to be available in Australia. Thank you
Carmen Olson - Australia
My penpal, Olive Taylor from Newcastle-upon-Tyne sent me your book
"The Jarrow Lass" for my birthday in July. I finished reading it
recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. It made me laugh, it made me
Cora Doucette - Canada
'Since I read your Jarrow Lass I meant to write and say
how much I appreciated it. It's really excellent. I found it most
impressive. You are a wonderful champion for the courage of the
people of the North East. Thank you so much. And may you write many
more sagas as challenging and enthralling!'
C.C. - Durham.
"I thought the book was wonderful and could not put it down."
B.W. - Leeds
‘I loved the Jarrow Lass - felt like a fly on the wall of
all the characters’ walls. Cost me a fortune in packets of biscuits
and crisps. Look forward to reading more.’
J.B. - via internet
'Your research for the book is fantastic - it was such a
good read I could not put it down, the local history was excellent.'
S.S. - via internet
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