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CATHERINE COOK SON?
MALL EN AND MANY OTHER COMPELLING IS.
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HER BOOKS SOLD IN CORGI.
1. Australia. *$3. 79 New Zealand. $3. 90 Everybody knew Kate Hannigan in the fifteen streets. She stood out from the people and the slums around her . quiet. aloof . different. They had watched her grow up--and had wondered how Tim Hannigan, vicious and uncouth, had managed to father such a child.
Everybody knew Kate Hannigan. She was too beautiful to miss.
But the first time Rodney Prince saw her, she was lying inert on a dingy bed in an even dingier upstairs room. And he didn't have time to notice how beautiful she was. He was too busy working to try to save her life . Also by catherine cook son
THE ROUND TOWER
FEN WICK HOUSES
THE FIFTEEN STREETS
THE LONG CORRIDOR
THE UNBAITED TRAP
THE BLIND MILLER
THE GLASS VIRGIN
THE NICE BLOKE
THE DWELLING PLACE
THE INVISIBLE CORD
THE GAMBLING MAN
THE SLOW AWAKENING
THE TIDE OF LIFE
THB CINDER PATH
The "Mary Ann' series
A GRAND MAN
THE DEVIL AND MARY ANN THE LORD AND MARY ANN LIFE AND MARY ANN LOVE
AND MARY ANN MARRIAGE AND MARY ANN MARY ANN'S ANGELS MARY ANN AND
The "Mallen' Trilogy
THE MALL EN STREAK THE MALL EN GIRL THE MALL EN LITTER
By Catherine Cookson as Catherine Marchant
HOUSE OF MEN
THE FEN TIGER
HERITAGE OF FOLLY
MISS MARY MARTHA CRAWTORD
and published by corgi books Catherine Cookson
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Originally published in Great Britain by Macdonald & Co. (Publishers), Ltd.
printing history Macdonald edition published 1950 Corgi edition published 1969 Corgi edition reprinted 1970 Corgi edition reprinted 1970 Corgi edition reprinted 1972 Corgi edition reprinted 1972 Corgi edition reprinted 1973 Corgi edition reprinted 1974 Corgi edition reprinted 1975 Corgi edition reprinted 1976 Corgi edition reprinted 1977 Corgi edition reprinted 1978 (twice) Corgi edition reissued 1980
"Copyright Catherine Cookson 1950
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To M7 MOTHER who has found her expression through me AUTHOR'S NOTE
The characters in this book are entirely fictitious and have no relation to any living person.
Although the setting is Tyneside and several actual place names have been used, 'the fifteen streets' are entirely imaginary.
Owing to difficulty in comprehension by the uninitiated, the Tyneside dialect has not been adhered to.
PAGE the birth . 'll the kitchen . the drawing-room . the ride .
annie . 86 the path is mapped out . 'll1 the belt . france . the FlELDCARD . always flight . waiting . aog the return .
T shall want more hot water, and those towels there will not be enough.
"Glory to God, doctor, you have every towel there is in the house!"
"Then bring sheets, old ones, and we can tear them."
"Old ones, and we can tear them," mimicked Dorrie Clarke to herself.
"New brooms sweep clean. By God, if they don't! Old Kelly would have more sense, drunk as he might have been. The way this one's going on you would think sovereigns were as thick as fleas and there was a father downstairs to welcome the brat."
"There's no more sheets, doctor," she said, rolling her already tightly rolled sleeves further up her fat arms. Speak to her like that, would he! She'd been bringing hairns into the world when his arse was still being washed! For two hours now he had said: "Do this, do that," as if Kate Hannigan on the bed there was the Duchess of Connaught, instead of a trollop going to bring a bastard into the world; when it made up its mind to come, which wouldn't be for another couple of hours. And here shed been hanging around since tea-time;
and it was Christmas Eve and all, and not a drop past her lips; an'
couldn't get away for this young swine saying:
"Lend me a hand here, Mrs. Clarke,"
"Let her pull on you, Mrs.
"Get that damn fire to burn, Mrs. Clarke 1' ... Yes, he even damned her. Now Doctor Kelly, rest his soul, could be as drunk as hell, but he'd never swear at you; more likely to say, " Have a drop, Mrs.
Clarke; you need it. " There was a gentleman for you. This one wouldn't reign long; but he was reigning tonight, blast him! and get out for a wet she must, or die. 'll Into Dorrie Clarke's agile brain flashed an idea; shed trade Sarah Hannigan a pair of sheets for the chiffonier downstairs; shed always had her eyes on that. Begodt shed get the best of this bargain, and get out of this young upstart's sight for five minutes.
Her fat, well-red face rolled itself into a stiff, oily smile.
"There's not a rag in this house but what's in the pawn, doctor; but I've a pair of sheets of me own that I'll gladly go and get this minute, for I couldn't see this poor thing want." She