Kate Thompson - Author

About the Author

Kate Thompson is one of the most exciting authors writing for young people today for she is a born storyteller, is highly original and thought-provoking in her ideas. She has travelled widely in the USA and India and studied law in London. After living in County Clare, she moved to Kinvara in County Galway and there, three years ago, she discovered her passion for playing the fiddle. She is now an accomplished player and also has a great interest in restoring instruments. Kate Thompson has won the Children’s Books Ireland Bisto Book of the Year award three times – in 2002 for The Beguilers, in 2003 for The Alchemist’s Apprentice and in 2004 for Annan Water. The New Policeman won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Whitbread Book Award Children’s category in 2005.

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The Stepney Doorstep Society The remarkable true story of the women who ruled the East End through war and peace

The Stepney Doorstep Society The remarkable true story of the women who ruled the East End through war and peace

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/08/2018

The unsung and remarkable stories of the women who held London's East End together during not one, but two world wars. _____________ Minksy, Gladys, Beatty, Joan, Girl Walker. While the men were at war, these women ruled the streets of the East End. Brought up with firm hand in the steaming slums and teeming tenements, they struggled against poverty to survive, and fought for their community in our country's darkest hours. But there was also joy to be found. From Stepney to Bethnal Green, Whitechapel to Shoreditch, the streets were alive with peddlers and market stalls hawking their wares, children skipping across dusty hopscotch pitches, the hiss of a gas lamp or the smell of oxtail stew. You need only walk a few steps for a smile from a neighbour or a strong cup of tea. From taking over the London Underground, standing up to the Kray twins and crawling out of bombsites, The Stepney Doorstep Society tells the vivid and moving stories of the matriarchs who remain the backbone of the East End to this day.

The Allotment Girls

The Allotment Girls

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/03/2018

The Allotment Girls is an inspiring and heartwarming novel of wartime hardship, friendship and fortitude from Kate Thompson, author of the Secrets of the Sewing Bee. During the Second World War, life in the iconic Bryant & May match factory is grimy and tough. Annie, Rose, Pearl and Millie carry on making matches for the British Army, with bombs raining down around them. Inspired by the Dig for Victory campaign, Annie persuades the owners to start Bryant & May allotment in the factory grounds. With plenty of sweat and toil, the girls eventually carve out a corner of the yard into a green plot full of life and colour. In the darkest of times, the girls find their allotment a tranquil, happy escape. Using pierced dustbin lids to sieve through the shrapnel and debris, they bring about a powerful change, not just in the factory, but their own lives. As the war rages on, the garden becomes a place of community, friendship - and deceit. As the garden thrives and grows, so do the girls' secrets . . .

Allotment Girls

Allotment Girls

Author: Kate Thompson Format: eBook Release Date: 22/02/2018

The Allotment Girls is an inspiring and heartwarming novel of wartime hardship, friendship and fortitude from Kate Thompson, author of the Secrets of the Sewing Bee.During the Second World War, life in the iconic Bryant & May match factory is grimy and tough. Annie, Rose, Pearl and Millie carry on making matches for the British Army, with bombs raining down around them.Inspired by the Dig for Victory campaign, Annie persuades the owners to start Bryant & May allotment in the factory grounds. With plenty of sweat and toil, the girls eventually carve out a corner of the yard into a green plot full of life and colour. In the darkest of times, the girls find their allotment a tranquil, happy escape. Using pierced dustbin lids to sieve through the shrapnel and debris, they bring about a powerful change, not just in the factory, but their own lives. As the war rages on, the garden becomes a place of community, friendship - and deceit. As the garden thrives and grows, so do the girls' secrets . . .

The Wedding Girls

The Wedding Girls

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2017

The Wedding Girls is a heartwarming story of love and friendship in the East End, by Kate Thompson, the bestselling author of Secrets of the Singer Girls. If a wedding marks the first day of the rest of your life, then the story starts with the dress. It's 1936 and the streets of London's East End are grimy and brutal, but in one corner of Bethnal Green it is forever Hollywood . . . Herbie Taylor's photography studio is nestled in the heart of bustling Green Street. Tomboy Stella and troubled Winnie work in Herbie's studio; their best friend and hopeless romantic Kitty works next door as an apprentice dressmaker. All life passes through the studio, wishing to capture that perfect moment in time. Kitty works tirelessly to create magical bridal gowns, but with each stitch she wonders if she'll ever get a chance to wear a white dress. Stella and Winnie sprinkle a dusting of Hollywood glamour over happy newly-weds, but secretly dream of escaping the East End . . . Community is strong on Green Street, but can it stand the ultimate test? As clouds of war brew on the horizon, danger looms over the East End. Will the Wedding Girls find their happy ever afters, before it's too late?

Secrets of the Sewing Bee

Secrets of the Sewing Bee

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/03/2016

Secrets of the Sewing Bee tells the story of the defiant and courageous women on the home front, from Kate Thompson, author of Secrets of the Singer Girls. Orphan Flossy Brown arrives at Trout's garment factory in Bethnal Green amidst the uncertainty of the Second World War. In 1940s London, each cobbled street is strewn with ghosts of soldiers past, all struggling to make ends meet. For the women of the East End, their battles are on the home front. Flossy is quickly embraced by the colourful mix of characters working at Trout's, who have turned their sewing expertise to vital war work. They fast become the family that Flossy has always longed for. Dolly Doolaney, darling of the East End, and infamous tea lady, gives her a particularly warm welcome and helps Flossy settle into wartime life. Things aren't so easy for Peggy Piper, another new recruit at the factory. She's used to the high life working as a nippie in the West End, and is not best pleased to find herself bent over a sewing machine. But war has the ability to break down all sorts of class barriers and soon Peggy finds the generosity and spirit of her fellow workers difficult to resist. Dolly sets up a sewing circle and the ladies at Trout's play their part in defending the frontline as they arm themselves with their needles and set about stitching their way to victory. But as the full force of the Blitz hits London, the sewing bee are forced to shelter in the underground tube stations on a nightly basis. In such close quarters, can Dolly manage to contain the secret that binds them all? And how will Peggy and Flossy cope as their lives are shaped and moved by forces outside of their control?

Zero Bugs and Program Faster

Zero Bugs and Program Faster

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2016

Zero Bugs and Program Faster

Zero Bugs and Program Faster

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2016

Expressive Writing Counseling and Healthcare

Expressive Writing Counseling and Healthcare

Author: Kate Thompson, Kathleen Adams, Christina Baldwin, Luciano L'Abate Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/08/2015

Therapists, coaches, healthcare professionals, and educators have known for decades that expressive writing is a powerful tool for better living. But until now, few have had access to practical applications that have proven successful. In this groundbreaking collection, you will discover how expressive writing can call us into healing community.

Expressive Writing Counseling and Healthcare

Expressive Writing Counseling and Healthcare

Author: Kate Thompson, Kathleen Adams, Christina Baldwin, Luciano L'Abate Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2015

Therapists, coaches, healthcare professionals, and educators have known for decades that expressive writing is a powerful tool for better living. But until now, few have had access to practical applications that have proven successful. In this groundbreaking collection, you will discover how expressive writing can call us into healing community.

Secrets of the Singer Girls

Secrets of the Singer Girls

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2015

1942. Sixteen-year-old Poppy Percival turns up at the gates of Trout's clothing factory in Bethnal Green with no idea what her new life might have in store. There to start work as a seamstress and struggling to get to grips with the noise, dirt and devastation of East London, Poppy can't help but miss the quiet countryside of home. But Poppy harbours a dark secret - one that wrenched her away from all she knew and from which she is still suffering . . . And Poppy's not the only one with a secret. Each of her new friends at the factory is hiding something painful. Vera Shadwell, the forelady, has had a hard life with scars both visible and concealed; her sister Daisy has romantic notions that could get her in trouble; and Sal Fowler, a hardworking mother who worries about her two evacuated boys for good reason. Bound by ties of friendship, loyalty and family, the devastating events of the war will throw each of their lives into turmoil but also bring these women closer to each other than they could ever have imagined.

Geography for the Australian Curriculum Year 8 Electronic Workbook

Geography for the Australian Curriculum Year 8 Electronic Workbook

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Online resource Release Date: 07/10/2014

Finding Friday

Finding Friday

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2013

Going Down

Going Down

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/01/2013

Ella Nesbit is young, good-looking and has a wicked way with the violin. She also has a great job working in a Dublin recording studio. So why isn't life more fun? Could Julian, the trainee from hell, have something to do with it? Or is it really due to Ella's unreciprocated passion for her boss? When Ella's granny wins a holiday for two in Jamaica, things start to look up. Intrepid Ella dons a wetsuit, discovers scuba, and learns something about life from Rastafarian Raphael. But closer to home, a dark horse is coming up on the outside... In this brilliant, bubbly and sexy tale from the bestselling author of More Mischief, Ella eventually discovers what she really, really wants - and finds a sensational way to get it.

Striking Poses

Striking Poses

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/08/2012

When you're burdened with the name of a goddess and your mother's a flamboyant actress, the last thing you want from a theatrical career is to be under the spotlight. That's why Aphrodite Delaney opts for a job backstage as a designer. But the bitchcraft rampant in the theatre world means that Aphrodite's obliged to seek employment elsewhere, and she finds herself grafting as a stylist on television commercials, a forlorn Cinderella with no invite to the ball. Until - ping! - the handsome prince of Irish fashion, Troy MacNally, arrives on the scene. Suddenly this Cinderella is snowed under with fairy-tale threads and invites to the hottest events in town. Up against the most fiendish of divas, Aphrodite discovers a talent for wickedness herself...

Wanted!

Wanted!

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2012

Marcus is a young baker in Ancient Rome, living with his family in the shadow of the murderous Emperor Littleboots. When a slave boy shoves the reins of a sleek, beautiful horse into Marcus's hands seconds before he is killed by a soldier, Marcus knows he's in danger - because the horse is Incitatus, the Emperor's most prized and powerful animal. Will Marcus find a way to keep Incitatus hidden? Are the rumours of Littleboots's death true - or is it all a trick? And how can Marcus save himself, and his family? A fast-paced adventure from the winner of both the Whitbread Children's Book Award and the 2005 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

Therapeutic Journal Writing An Introduction for Professionals

Therapeutic Journal Writing An Introduction for Professionals

Author: Kate Thompson, Kathleen Adams, Kathleen Adams Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/11/2010

Writing a journal is not just about keeping a record of daily events - journal writing provides a unique therapeutic opportunity for facilitating healing and growth. The author of this book guides the reader through developing journal writing to use as a therapeutic tool. Keeping a journal can help the writer to develop a better understanding of themselves, their relationships and the world around them, as well as improve skills of problem-solving, decision-making and planning. As such, journal writing can be a powerful complement to verbal therapy, offering an effective and affordable way of extending support to troubled clients. The book includes advice on working with individuals, facilitating a therapeutic writing group, proposed clinical applications, practical techniques, useful journal prompts, exercises and case vignettes. This clear guide to the basics of journaling and its development as a therapeutic medium will be a valuable handbook for therapists, health and social care practitioners, teachers, life coaches, writing facilitators and any professional seeking personal development in themselves or their clients.

The Blue Hour

The Blue Hour

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2010

Maddie Godard: chief copywriter, The Complete Works advertising agency. Smart. Sussed. Scared. Because when your self-esteem's been trampled and your world is overturned, you have to act fast. Maddie escapes from busy Dublin to seemingly tranquil Saint-Geyroux, an idyll in rural France. There, she is led into temptation by beautiful, roguish Sam, cajoled into becoming a life model by renowned artist Daniel Lennox, and haunted by a portrait of a mysterious beauty with a secret to share. Can she help Maddie exorcise her demons? In this moving, bittersweet, joyously romantic tale, Maddie Goddard confronts her innermost fears, makes new friends, and learns that life really is worth living...

The White Horse Trick

The White Horse Trick

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2010

It is the latter part of the 21st century, and dramatic climate change has made life in Ireland almost impossible. Meanwhile, Tir na n'Og is faced with a refugee problem, and the king of the fairies is not happy about it and when it is revealed that the warlord who is behind the problem is a member of the Liddy family, JJ is sent to sort him out... Following on from The New Policeman and The Last of the High Kings, The White Horse Trick travels from the now to far distant futures: from world's end to world's beginning..

The O'Hara Affair

The O'Hara Affair

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/03/2010

If only real life was like the movies... Fleur O'Farrell seems to have the perfect life. Living in the idyllic village of Lissamore on Ireland's West Coast, she has her own vintage clothes business as well as her very own Mr. Big. But when she starts to proffer anonymous advice via the internet to a young girl with a tangled love-life, Fleur's big heart leads to big trouble, as this act of kindness uncovers a darker side to her charmed life... Similarly, newly-wed Dervla Vaughn appears to be living the dream. However, with husband Christian working away more often than he's at home, there's trouble in paradise. Left alone to care for her demanding mother-in-law, Dervla wonders how her once-enviable life changed beyond all recognition... Surely married life should be blissful, not stressful? Meanwhile, the once-sleepy Lissamore is now a whirlwind of activity as the The O'Hara Affair is filmed in its picturesque surroundings. And with many locals being seduced by the glamour of the movies, who knows what could happen... Take a trip to heavenly Lissamore in this warm, witty read that will pull at the heartstrings.

A Perfect Life

A Perfect Life

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2009

Golden girl Calypso O'Kelly is used to getting what she wants. As a powerful casting director, she calls the shots. Closet romantic Dannie Moore is mistress of her own destiny. Having had her fingers burned once by her war correspondent partner, she's determined never to fall in love again. Devoted single mother Rosa Elliot dreams of a brand new life of freedom from tyrannical, sexist bosses. But she finds that casting caution to the wind isn't necessarily the best way of making her dreams come true... Three strong women, working hard to make life as perfect as possible. Until Calypso relinquishes control to a demon lover, Dannie discovers that destiny lies in the stars, and Rosa's dreams of freedom end up in the trash. Can they ever reassemble the shards of the lives they've so recklessly shattered?

The Kinsella Sisters

The Kinsella Sisters

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/03/2009

Home is where the heart is... Free spirit Rio Kinsella finds herself settled in the picture-postcard village of Lissamore on Ireland's West Coast. It's where she took her first step, had her first kiss and conceived her beloved son Finn. But now Finn's spread his wings and flown the nest, what's to keep her here? An old flame and a new prospect may provide the answer... City girl Dervla is poles apart from her bohemian sister. A businesswoman with a quick mind, a hard heart and a nose for a good deal, she has no time for love. But is there anywhere she can really call home? And will the arrival of a new client throw her glossy magazine life-style into disarray? Torn apart by a long-standing feud, the Kinsella sisters are reunited upon the death of their wayward father. But on clearing the family home, they discover a secret so intriguing it could change their lives forever... Welcome to blissfully unpredictable Lissamore. It's guaranteed you'll never want to leave...

Sources for Local Historians

Sources for Local Historians

Author: Kate Thompson, Paul Douglas Carter Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2008

Many people interested in the history of their town or village want to undertake research into its past, and most need to use primary sources sooner or later. Nothing quite equates with the thrill of reading first-hand a letter, diary, set of accounts or other records written in the past. Some sources, such as parish registers and census returns, are well known, but others are undiscovered treasures. This new book introduces the reader to the enormous range of documents available. The authors convey their own enthusiasm for the material and explain the information it can reveal. Their unique background - working for The National Archives and for local record offices - gives them an unrivalled knowledge of archival sources, and both of them have used much of this material in their own research. The chapters deal with subjects such as the land, the people, poverty, health, crime and family life. An essential guide for the local or family historian needing to consult original documents.

The New Policeman

The New Policeman

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2006

Everyone in Kinvara is conscious that time is flying past, faster and faster - to such an extent that when JJ asks his mother what she would like as a birthday present she ask for more time. JJ dismisses this as mere wishful thinking, an impossibility, for who know where the time goes? The Liddys have been musicians for generations and JJ is no exception but what he discovers is that a shadow from the past hangs over their family -did his great-grandfather murder the village priest? When he sets out to buy his mother time, he discovers the fate of a flute which will provide the key to both problems - it is the vital clue. He makes the transition to Tir na n'Og, the land of eternal youth, where the fairy people are also having a problem with time and it falls to his lot to locate the leak between the two parallel worlds. JJ finds where time goes! Music proves to be the touchstone for communication between the fairy and the human domains and the book is saturated with the lure of Irish music for JJ`s whole existence is built round the ceili and each chapter relates to a tune, printed out as a heading so that the reader can also become a performer. As for the New Policeman, Larry O'Dwyer, he is an enigmatic figure who has a significant bearing on the plot but whose identity is kept a superbly guarded secret to the very last surprising moment.

Living The Dream

Living The Dream

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2005

We've all dreamt about it, but for Cleo Dowling the dream becomes a reality. Lucky Cleo comes into serious money and takes herself off to the small village of Kilrowan in Connemara to write a novel. But what happens when writer's block sets in and she becomes obsessed with her sexy neighbour? Dannie Moore's love life has always been complicated, but she has the knack of complicating things even more. When film director Jethro Palmer chooses Kilrowan as the location for a blockbuster movie, the consequences have a cataclysmic effect on her life. Deirdre O'Dare leaves her husband Rory behind in LA to accompany her friend, movie star Eva Lavery, to Kilrowan. When the cat's away and all that...but who is the cat? And although Deirdre is writing Eva's biography, it would seem that the actress is not telling the truth, the whole truth...

More Mischief

More Mischief

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2000

Four years after It Means Mischief, Deirdre O'Dare is now an established actress with a long-running slot in the soap Ardmore Grove. When Deirdre learns that she's to be killed off, she retires to the beautiful Irish countryside for a few weeks to try her hand at producing a screenplay, and is surprised to discover that she has a talent for writing. With her love life as tangled as ever, and still angry at her on-off actor boyfriend, the seductive but faithless Rory McDonagh - now on the verge of success in Hollywood - she falls into a passionate relationship with the young lord of the manor, the gorgeous Gabriel Considine. But will the course of true love run smooth?

It Means Mischief

It Means Mischief

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/1999

Young Dublin actress Deirdre O'Dare has just landed her first big role and desperately wants to shine - and to impress David, the director she has fallen madly in love with. But while Deirdre loves David, David loves leading lady Eva. Meanwhile, Sebastian and Rory wait in the wings... A funny, entertaining and sexy backstage tale set in Dublin's theatre world, It Means Mischief details the romantic adventures of a young woman who - during one long, hot summer - discovers the difference between infatuation, lust and love.

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