Catherine Cookson, the UK’s most widely read novelist, has sold over 123 million books – which means she has marginally more readers than Planet Property.
Although born in 1906, she didn’t publish her first novel until 1950 – there’s hope for us all yet! – but after that there was no stopping her, and she published almost 100 before her death in 1998.
Cookson came to Hastings in 1929 to run the laundry at Hastings Workhouse, and bought this house in 1954.
“As we made our way down the drive we knew immediately that we wanted it,” she told her biographer Piers Dudgeon.
Cookson wrote many of her novels in the study here, and lived a fairly reclusive life far from the London literary circuit. She sold up and returned to Newcastle some years before she died.