Josephine Cox Biography
Josephine Cox is an English author who is also known as Jo Cox. She was born in 1941 in a cotton-mill house in Blackburn. Her work frequently translates into best sellers and the UK Public Lending Rights figures often list her in the top three borrowed authors.
Josephine Cox Age
Jo Cox was born in 1941 in Blackburn, United Kingdom. She is 77 years old as of 2018.
Josephine Cox Family
The English author was born in a cotton-mill house in Blackburn in a family of ten. Her mother’s name is Jane Brindle, a name she has also used in her writing.
Josephine Cox Husband
Josephine met and married her husband Ken at the age of sixteen. They had two sons. When the boys started school, she decided to go to college and eventually gained a place at Cambridge University.
Josephine Cox Career in Writing
She was unable to take this up as it would have meant living away from home, but she went into teaching – and started to write her first full-length novel. She won the ‘Superwoman of Great Britain’ Award, for which her family had secretly entered her, at the same time as her novel was accepted for publication.
Josephine is a highly successful writer and her books are number 1 bestsellers in both hardback and paperback. Her UK PLR figures always cite her as one of the top three borrowed authors.
She says ‘I love writing, both recreating scenes and characters from my past, together with new storylines which mingle naturally with the old. I could never imagine a single day without writing, and it’s been that way since as far back as I can remember.’
Josephine Cox Books | Josephine Cox Books in order of Publication
Popular Series By Josephine Cox
The Journey – there are two books in this series:
- The Journey
- Journey’s End
Josephine Cox Emma Grady Trilogy – there are three books in this series:
- Alley Urchin and
by Jo Cox
Josephine Cox The Runaway Woman
No-one thought she had the courage Those looking in from the outside think Lucy Lovejoy s life is like any other, but at the centre of her family there is a big empty hole where all the love and warmth should be. Over the years, her children have watched while their father chipped away at Lucy s self-confidence. Now the children are following their own paths, and Lucy has never felt more alone. When tragedy strikes at the heart of the family, it s a wake-up call for Lucy. Everyone has taken a little piece of her, and she isn t sure who she is anymore. So when Lucy faces a betrayal from those she loves deepest, she knows that it s time to make a choice. Is she brave enough to find herself again? “
Trimsize: 129.00 mm (w) x 198.00 mm (h) x 0.00 mm (d)
BISAC1: FICTION / Contemporary Women
BISAC2: FICTION / Psychological
BISAC3: FICTION / Family Life
Josephine Cox Interview Video
Josephine Cox Interview
Josephine Cox releases Blackpool based novel, A Family Secret
Adopted from: lancashirelife.co.uk
Updated: 07 September 2017
Josephine Cox makes no secret of the fact she loves a bit of gossip. In fact, she has made a hugely successful career from it.
In spite of this, Blackburn-born Jo doesn’t work for the tabloids but, like some who do, she specialises in fiction of the romantic kind.
During her career she has produced more than 50 novels and sold an eye-watering 20 million books, making Josephine Cox a familiar name on the best-seller lists.
‘It all goes back to my days growing up as a six-year-old sitting on the step at Henry Street in Blackburn where I’d watch the world go by and listen in to everything that was going on,’ she says.
‘You would hear all sorts – from couples making love in doorways, arguments between neighbours on staircases and people shouting from windows. Listening in on other people’s conversations helped me make up stories back then. I know it’s terrible, but I’m still doing it today! I loved watching people then and I love watching them now. Everyone is so different.’
Gossip and scandal are the threads Jo weaves through her latest book, A Family Secret, which is in the shops this month. It is set in Blackpool and centres on a blue bench on the seafront, a meeting place for visitors and locals, a refuge for lost children, a trysting place for sweethearts and a place for weary travellers to rest.
‘There were times during my childhood that you’d hear of a mum talking to a neighbour about a young unmarried daughter’s child being taken by her mother as her own to avoid scandal. Things like that fascinate me – I would gather up stories like that and keep them in my mind and in my heart. That’s the basis for my latest book.’
Jo’s early life sounds like one of the plots of her novels and this time of year is particularly poignant for her
Christmas and New Year are always times for a big party in Jo’s house. However, the festivities were pretty much non-events for people trying to eke out an existence in Henry Street. ‘We didn’t have a tree – Christmas was pretty much an ordinary day for us. At best an apple and an orange in one of dad’s socks.
‘Perhaps, the reason we always have a big family party at Christmas and New Year is because we had so little when I was younger.’
There were happy times growing up but also some scars. ‘I recall being at school when the nit nurse made you go behind a screen and take your clothes off. I couldn’t stop crying with embarrassment because I didn’t have any underwear.
‘She calmed me down told me not to get upset and the next day she pushed a little bundle in my direction and it turned out to be a brand new starched white set. I’ll never forget that act of kindness.’
Her dad was a street cleaner and her mum worked in the cotton mills. ‘Dad was a really hard worker – he kept the streets of Blackburn clean. The problem was that he and the rest of the men got their wages handed out on a Friday night in the local pub. That’s where the money went.’
Jo’s life changed forever when her parents parted company. As one of ten children, Jo was taken south by her mother to live with an aunt while many of her siblings remained in Lancashire.
‘That was a very difficult time but I’m still a Lancashire lass and I go north whenever I can to see family in Blackburn. My brother still keeps me in touch with what’s going on in Blackburn. I hear a lot of good things about the place but I still shed a tear when I think of Henry Street being demolished. Despite the hard times, I still love that place.’
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