Kate Morton was born in a tiny town in South Australia and moved with her family many times before they settled finally on Tamborine Mountain. There she attended a small country school and spent much of her childhood inventing and playing games of make-believe with her two sisters.
Kate fell avidly in love with books very early. Her favourites were those by Enid Blyton, and she escaped many times up The Faraway Tree or with the Famous Five into Smugglers Cove. It was a love deeply felt, for it is still mysteries and secrets that dance around the edges of Kate’s mind, keeping her awake deep into the night, turning or typing pages.
After an ill-fated attempt to Do Something Sensible and obtain an Arts/Law degree, Kate went on to complete a summer Shakespeare course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and studied for and earned a Licentiate in Speech and Drama from Trinity College London. For some time Kate believed her future lay in theatre, and she continued to act in community productions while completing her Honours and Masters degrees in English Literature. She still finds the lure of the theatre almost irresistible.
The House at Riverton was a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in the UK in 2007 and a New York Times bestseller in 2008. The Shifting Fog won General Fiction Book of the Year at the 2007 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), and The House at Riverton was nominated for Most Popular Book at the British Book Awards in 2008.
Her second book, The Forgotten Garden, was a #1 bestseller in Australia and Spain, and a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in the UK in 2008. It won General Fiction Book of the Year at the 2009 Australian Book Industry Awards and was an Amazon Best of the Month pick and a New York Times bestseller in 2009.
The Distant Hours was an international bestseller in 2010 and won General Fiction Book of the Year at the 2011 ABIAs.
The Secret Keeper was a New York Times bestseller and has won a number of other awards and accolades including the 2013 ABIA for General Fiction Book of the Year and The Courier-Mail’s People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year.
The Lake House, published in 2015, was a New York Times bestseller, a Sunday Times bestseller and a #1 bestseller in Canada and Australia.
Kate’s books are published in 42 countries and in 34 languages. She currently lives in London with her family and continues to write the sorts of books she can disappear inside. You’ll find updates on the new book over the coming months on Kate’s journal, Facebook and Instagram pages.