• "Queen of raw family romances"

  • "Catherine Cookson is an icon; without her influence, I and many other authors would not have followed in her footsteps."

    Val Wood
  • "Humour, toughness, resolution and generosity are Cookson virtues . . . In the specialised world of women's popular fiction, Cookson has created her own territory"

    Helen Dunmore, The Times
  • "Catherine Cookson soars above her rivals"

    Mail on Sunday