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  The North as literature Friday 1 February 2002  
As the authors of this year's most popular library books are published, we reveal whether Catherine Cookson has yet again garnered the number one slot.

Does her particular brand of romance still have an attraction, or has the Northern "clogs and shawl" story had its day?
Martha asks poet Sophie Hannah and novelist Sherry Ashworth why we love authors who claim it's still "grim up north".

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