Josephine Cox grew up in Blackburn in a large family. Being the sixth of ten children, the large family meant that money was tight. Despite there being little money for books growing up, Josephine's imagination was fed by her English teacher and grandfather reading to her and recounting stories. Josephine married her husband, Ken at the age of 16 and they have two sons. She was offered a place at Oxford University, but chose a career in teaching to fit in with her family life.
She wrote her first book, Her Father's Sins, when she was ill in hospital. It took her just six weeks to complete and she hasn't looked back. Published in 1992, it was an overnight success and was reprinted 15 times in the first two months. Josephine wrote another three novels whilst working as a teacher until she quit to become a full-time writer. She writes every day and claims she cannot imagine life without it. She is frequently named as one of the top three authors most borrowed from libraries and she has sold more than 20 million copies of the 50+ novels she has written.
The Woman Who Left
An exciting and compulsive story of rivalry, hatred, and the strength of love. Louise and Ben Hunter's loving marriage is tarnished only by their unfulfilled longing for a child. Living and working with Ben's father, Ronnie, they are quietly contented. But when Ronnie dies, their whole world changes. Ben's lazy brother, Jacob, returns, convinced he stands to inherit Ronnie's small fortune. And he means to have his brother's wife; though just as she did years before, Louise warns him off. Jacob, however, is not so easily dismissed. When he realises Ben will inherit everything, Jacob is beside himself with rage, and commits a terrible deed, one that threatens to destroy everything his brother and Louise hold dear...