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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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Secrets of the Homefront Girls

Secrets of the Homefront Girls

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2019

A new series from bestselling author Kate Thompson. Stratford, 1939. Britain may be at war, but on the home front keeping up morale and keeping up appearances go hand in hand. For the young women working on the lipstick production line at Yardley's cosmetics factory, it's business as usual. Headstrong Renee Gunn is the queen of the lipstick belt - although her cheeky attitude means she's often in trouble. When Esther, an Austrian refugee, arrives at Yardley's, it's Renee who takes her under her wing and teaches her to be a true cockney. But outside of the factory, things are more complicated. Lily, Renee's older sister, has suddenly returned home after six years away, and is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile Esther is finding life in England more difficult than expected, and it's not long before Renee finds herself in trouble, with nowhere to turn. In the face of the Blitz, the Yardley girls are bound together by friendship and loyalty - but could the secrets they are hiding be the biggest danger of all? 'Kate Thompson is a skillful and humane storyteller who lights up the sooty face of the old East End with tales full of drama and human interest.' Annie Murray

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: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

The unsung and remarkable stories of the women who held London's East End together during not one, but two world wars. Meet 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. ____________ 'An importance glimpse into a vanishing world' Sunday Express 'Inspiring tales of courage in the face of hardship' Mail on Sunday 'Crammed full of fascinating stories' BBC 2 Steve Wright

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 / softback 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 / softback 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 / softback 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 / softback 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: 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.

Expressive Writing Counseling and Healthcare

Expressive Writing Counseling and Healthcare

Author: Kate Thompson, Kathleen Adams, Christina Baldwin, Luciano L'Abate Format: Paperback / softback 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 / softback 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 Digital Workbook (Card)

Geography for the Australian Curriculum Year 8 Digital Workbook (Card)

Author: Kate Thompson Format: Electronic book text 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 / softback 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 / softback 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...

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