Kate Morton grew up in the mountains of southeast Queensland, Australia. She has degrees in Dramatic Art and English Literature and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Queensland. Kate lives with her husband and two young sons in Brisbane.
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From the bestselling author of The House at Riverton and The Secret Keeper, Kate Morton brings us her trademark mix of secrets, lies, and intricately layered mysteries in her sixth novel, The Clockmaker's Daughter. My real name, no one remembers. The truth about that summer, no one else knows. In the depths of a nineteenth-century winter, a little girl is abandoned in the narrow streets of London. Adopted by a mysterious stranger, she becomes in turn a thief, a friend, a muse, and a lover. Then, in the summer of 1862, shortly after her eighteenth birthday, she retreats with a group of artists to a beautiful house on a quiet bend of the Upper Thames . . . Tensions simmer and one hot afternoon a gun-shot rings out. A woman is killed, another disappears, and the truth of what happened slips through the cracks of time. Over the next century and beyond, Birchwood Manor welcomes many newcomers but guards its secret closely - until another young woman is drawn to visit the house because of a family secret of her own . . . As the mystery of The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton begins to unravel, we discover the stories of those who have passed through Birchwood Manor since that fateful day in 1862. Intricately layered and richly atmospheric, it shows that, sometimes, the only way forward is through the past.
A missing child...June 1933, and the Edevane family's country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. Alice Edevane, sixteen years old and a budding writer, is especially excited. Not only has she worked out the perfect twist for her novel, she's also fallen helplessly in love with someone she shouldn't. But by the time midnight strikes and fireworks light up the night skies, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great that they leave Loeanneth forever. An abandoned house...Seventy years later, after a particularly troubling case, Sadie Sparrow is sent on an enforced break from her job with the Metropolitan Police. She retreats to her beloved grandfather's cottage in Cornwall but soon finds herself at a loose end. Until one day, Sadie stumbles upon an abandoned house surrounded by overgrown gardens and dense woods, and learns the story of a baby boy who disappeared without a trace. An unsolved mystery...Meanwhile, in the attic writing room of her elegant Hampstead home, the formidable Alice Edevane, now an old lady, leads a life as neatly plotted as the bestselling detective novels she writes. Until a young police detective starts asking questions about her family's past, seeking to resurrect the complex tangle of secrets Alice has spent her life trying to escape...
May 2011 Book of the Month. From the international bestselling author of The House at Riverton and The Forgotten Garden comes a brand new tale of love, mystery, betrayal and dark secrets ... This is skillful writing as the reader is quickly drawn into the relationship between a grown-up daughter and her mother in the 1990s. But it has to be said that, as the mother's experiences as a 13 year old evacuated from London to a castle in Kent are revealed, you have to be prepared to go with the story to believe the sinister three sisters who still live there fifty years later.Occasionally you have to remind yourself this is Kent not Transylvania but, once you have made this stretch, you will be entranced by this clearly written and involving story. Sorry, we can't resist an easy pun - this book, by the author of The House at Riverton, is rivettin'.
The second novel from the author of the highly absorbing The House at Riverton, the viewers’ favourite of the Richard and Judy titles of last summer. This is even better. Not quite as sad and covering over 100 years, it’s a family mystery full of twists and turns running from Australia back to Cornwall. Fascinating, highly rewarding and very satisfying, it’s a fantastic read. Comparison: Judith Lennox, Diane Setterfield, Michelle Paver (adult novels).
Originally published in 2007, Kate Morton's debut novel, The House at Riverton, became a bestselling sensation and won the Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year. This special tenth anniversary edition of Kate Morton's acclaimed debut features a foreword from the author. Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again. Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long-consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks. A shocking secret threatens to emerge; something history has forgotten but Grace never could.
Ilyen az elet. A lehetoseg ajtaja meg-megnyilik es le-lezarul, ahogy az ember vakon tapogatozik az utjan."e;1933 nyara: az Edevane csalad ragyogo videki haza, Loeanneth keszen all a varva vart Szent Ivan-eji estelyre. A tizenhat eves Alice, a szarnyait bontogato iro talan mindenki masnal izgatottabb. Nemcsak mert vegre kiotolte, mi legyen a varatlan csavar elso regenyeben, hanem azert is, mert remenytelenul beleszeretett valakibe, akibe nem lett volna szabad. Am mire Loeanneth orai elutik az ejfelt, amikor a tuzijatek csillogo fenye beragyogja az ejszakat, a csaladot sulyos veszteseg eri, melynek hatasara orokre elhagyjak a birtokot.Hetven ev multan Sadie Sparrow nyomozo kenyszeru szabadsagat tolti Cornwallban egy kinos munkahelyi vizsgalat miatt, amelynek lezarultaval talan meg elbocsatas is varhat ra. Nagyapja videki hazaban unatkozik, igyekszik zavaros ugyeirol elterelni a figyelmet, amikor egy nap elhagyott hazra bukkan, ahol mintha megallt volna az ido. Sadie megtudja, hogy a birtok tortenete sotet tragediaval terhes, es hogy a lakok a szomoru esetet kovetoen vegleg elkoltoztek.Elegans londoni otthona dolgozoszobajaban az idos Alice Edevane eppoly precizen eltervezett eletet el, mint amilyen torteneteket rendkivul sikeres krimijeiben megir. Mignem egy nap felbukkan egy fiatal rendornyomozo, aki kutakodni kezd a csaladja multjaban, hogy kibogozza mindazokat a szovevenyes titkokat, melyeket Alice egesz eleteben igyekezett melyen magaba zarni.Legujabb regenyeben, A toparti hazban Kate Morton ismet lenyugozo mozaikkal kapraztatja el olvasoit. Letagadott es kilesett titkok, huseg es halalig megtartott igeretek, a haboru kovetkezmenyei mind-mind sulyosan nehezednek egy csalad eletere, es elobb-utobb tonkreteszik a latszolagos idillt. Vajon a hallgatas megtorese, a rejtelyek feltarasa megoldashoz, megnyugvashoz vezet?
Mire kepes egy no, hogy megorizze titkat? Titokzatos, fel evszazada feladott level erkezik a Londonban elo Edith edesanyjahoz, aki a kuldemeny lattan konnyekben tor ki. A felado helyen a kenti Milderhurst-kastely cime all. Edie radobben, hogy anyja, Meredith szenvtelen tavolsagtartasa mogott egy reges-regi titok bujik meg. Amikor nehany honap mulva Edie Milderhurst kozeleben jar, hirtelen otlettol vezerelve elhatarozza, hogy megnezi a kastelyt. Megismerkedik Milderhurst lakoival, a kulonc Blythe noverekkel, es tobb meghokkento felfedezest is tesz. Ezek nyoman ugy dont, hogy kideriti, mi is tortent pontosan edesanyjaval a haboru idejen, valamint hogy rejtegetett titka mikent kapcsolodik a kastelyhoz es a Blythe noverekhez. Am amint nekilat, hogy Milderhurst odon falai kozt kibogozza a tortenet szalait, a vartnal sokkal komolyabb titkok sejlenek fel elotte. Vajon megismeri-e vegul az igazsagot Edie, kikutatja-e, valojaban mi minden tortent azokban a tavoli orakban?# Kate Morton ujabb kituno regenye a mult eltemetett titkainak varazslatos tortenete: romantikus thriller, melynek szovevenyeben izgalmasan keverednek odaado szerelmek, sorsfordito arulasok es kiserto emlekek.
A special Sophie Allport Design limited edition of the moving and powerful mystery, The Forgotten Garden, the bestselling second novel from the author of The House at Riverton, Kate Morton. A lost child . . . On the eve of the First World War, a little girl is found abandoned on a ship to Australia. A mysterious woman called the Authoress had promised to look after her -but has disappeared without a trace. A terrible secret . . . On the night of her twenty-first birthday, Nell Andrews learns a secret that will change her life forever. Decades later, she embarks upon a search for the truth that leads her to the windswept Cornish coast and the strange and beautiful Blackhurst Manor, once owned by the aristocratic Mountrachet family. A mysterious inheritance . . . On Nell's death, her granddaughter, Cassandra, comes into an unexpected inheritance. Cliff Cottage and its forgotten garden are notorious amongst the Cornish locals for the secrets they hold - secrets about the doomed Mountrachet family and their ward Eliza Makepeace, a writer of dark Victorian fairytales. It is here that Cassandra will finally uncover the truth about the family, and solve the century-old mystery of a little girl lost.
Kate Morton's heart-breaking novel, The Secret Keeper, is a spellbinding story of mysteries and secrets, murder and enduring love, moving between the 1930s, the 1960s and the present. 1961: On a sweltering summer's day, while her family picnics by the stream on their Suffolk farm, sixteen-year-old Laurel hides out in her childhood tree house dreaming of a boy called Billy, a move to London, and the bright future she can't wait to seize. But before the idyllic afternoon is over, Laurel will have witnessed a shocking crime that changes everything. 2011: Now a much-loved actress, Laurel finds herself overwhelmed by shades of the past. Haunted by memories, and the mystery of what she saw that day, she returns to her family home and begins to piece together a secret history. A tale of three strangers from vastly different worlds - Dorothy, Vivien and Jimmy - who are brought together by chance in wartime London and whose lives become fiercely and fatefully entwined.
Morton's first two unforgettable novels in one volume: The House at Riverton plus The Forgotten Garden.
Shortlisted for the Popular Fiction Award at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2008.Winner of Richard & Judy's Summer Reads 2007.Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 18th July 2007.Now, if you like one of those old-fashioned, full-rounded, involved family dramas that spans decades then this is definitely for you – and, unlike so many in this area, it has a genuinely unexpected ending. Multi-charactered, all of whom are fascinating, it is both a love story and a mystery, a dual-time tale that fluctuates effortlessly producing a work of considerable appeal.Similar this month: Judith Lennox.Comparison: Imogen Parker, Michelle Paver, Ian McEwan.