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Katherine Webb - Author

About the Author

Katherine Webb was born in 1977 and grew up in Hampshire before reading History at Durham University. She has since spent time living in London and Venice, and now lives near Bath, UK. Having worked as a waitress, au pair, personal assistant, bookbinder, housemaid, library assistant and seller of fairy costumes, she is now a full-time writer. Her debut novel, The Legacy, won the popular vote for the TV Book Club Summer Read 2010 and was shortlisted for Best New Writer at the 2010 Galaxy National Book Awards. Her subsequent novels The Unseen, A Half Forgotten Song and The Misbegotten were all Sunday Times Top Ten Bestsellers, and her books have been translated into 26 languages around the world.

 

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Featured books by Katherine Webb

The Night Falling

The Night Falling

Author: Katherine Webb Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2015

Puglia, Italy, 1921. Leandro returns home now a rich man with a glamorous American wife, determined to make his mark. But how did he get so wealthy - and what haunts his outwardly exuberant wife? Boyd, quiet English architect, is hired to build Leandro's dreams. But why is he so afraid of Leandro, and what really happened between them years before, in New York? Clare, Boyd's diffident wife, is summoned to Puglia with her stepson. At first desperate to leave, she soon finds a compelling reason to stay. Ettore, starving, poor and grieving for his lost fiancee, is too proud to ask his Uncle Leandro for help. Until events conspire to force his hand. Tensions are high as poverty leads veterans of the Great War to the brink of rebellion. And under the burning sky, a reckless love and a violent enmity will bring brutal truths to light...

The Night Falling

The Night Falling

Author: Katherine Webb Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/11/2014

Puglia, 1921. Leandro Cardetta, born into poverty, emigrated to America to make his fortune and has returned home to southern Italy a rich man, accompanied by his glamorous wife, Marcie, an ex-showgirl fighting middle age. Now Leandro has money enough to hire renowned English architect, Boyd Kinsgley, to renovate a crumbling palazzo into an Art Deco statement of wealth, and host Boyd's teenage son and his diffident young second wife, Clare, for one extraordinary summer. Under the burning sky, beyond the luxury of Leandro's home, tensions are high. Veterans of the Great War are desperate for work and food. Among these is Ettore, Leandro's nephew. Gripped by grief at the loss of his fiancee, Ettore has sworn to identify Livia's killer, and take his revenge. He is too proud to go to his uncle for charity, but when he injures himself one day, he has no choice but to knock on Leandro's door. Meeting Clare there will change everything - and in the most violent way. During the fierce summer of 1921, all these lives converge. Exactly how did Leandro grow rich in America, and what is the strange hold he has over Boyd? What happened to the first Mrs Kingsley, and what secret haunts the outwardly exuberant Marcie Cardetta? Hearts will be broken, blood will be spilt and the hardest of life's lessons will be learnt as shadows fall.

Other books by Katherine Webb

The Disappearance

The Disappearance

Author: Katherine Webb Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/04/2018

From the bestselling author of The Legacy, comes an unforgettable novel exploring guilt, love and confronting the truth. April, 1942. Amid the chaos of a night of bombing in Bath, six-year-old Davy Noyle goes missing. Frances Parry, looking after him at the time, is tortured by guilt and refuses to believe that he's dead. As quiet falls and the dust begins to settle on the damaged city, a body is found. But it's the body of a little girl, Frances's best friend Wyn, who has been missing for over twenty years. As Frances continues her search for Davy, this new discovery leads her back to her childhood, and forces her to revisit a crime that has cast a shadow over her life. This time, she vows to uncover the truth, however dark it might be. Your favourite authors love Katherine Webb: 'An enormously talented writer' Santa Montefiore 'I've loved all of Katherine Webb's books' Kate Riordan 'Katherine Webb's writing is beautiful' Elizabeth Fremantle 'Webb has a true gift for uncovering the mysteries of the human heart' Kate Williams 'A truly gifted writer of historical fiction' Lucinda Riley

Night Falling

Night Falling

Author: Katherine Webb Format: eBook Release Date: 19/02/2018

Apuliya, 1921 god. V malen'kij gorodok na yuge Italii priezzhaet molodaya anglichanka po imeni Klehr. Po nastoyaniyu muzha, izvestnogo arhitektora Bojda Kingsli, ona dolzhna provesti leto v gostyah u ego bogatogo klienta Leandro Kardetty, s kotorym ee muzha svyazyvayut zagadochnye otnosheniya v proshlom. Klehr ostaetsya stroit' ob ehtom lish' dogadki... V dome Kardetty nahodit vremennoe pristanishche i ego plemyannik EHttore. On eshche ne znaet, chto ehto leto stanet samym sladostnym i samym gor'kim v ego zhizni, svetlym otbleskom, prezhde chem "e;opustitsya noch'"e;. Vpervye na russkom yazyke!

English Girl

English Girl

Author: Katherine Webb Format: eBook Release Date: 09/11/2017

zhoan Sibruk, nachinayushchij arheolog iz Anglii, vmeste so svoim zhenihom Rori otpravlyaetsya v starinnyj gorod Maskat. Dzhoan mechtaet issledovat' zabroshennyj zamok Dzhabrin i najti pogrebennye tam sokrovishcha. Oman - strana, zateryannaya vo vremeni, - surovaya, tainstvennaya, razdiraemaya vnutrennimi protivorechiyami; i poluchit' razreshenie na arheologicheskie issledovaniya v Dzhabrine okazyvaetsya pochti nevozmozhnym. Razocharovanie Dzhoan smyagchaetsya znakomstvom s kumirom ee yunosti, znamenitoj puteshestvennicej Mod Vikeri, mnogo let zhivushchej v Maskate, slovno zatvornica. U obeih zhenshchin - svoi celi i svoi tajny. Po mere togo kak krepnet ih druzhba, rasskazy Mod i zhazhda priklyuchenij vse bol'she zahvatyvayut voobrazhenie Dzhoan, i daleko ne srazu ona nachinaetsya dogadyvat'sya ob istinnyh motivah svoej priyatel'nicy, kotoraya s ee pomoshch'yu privodit v dvizhenie cep' burnyh sobytij. Najdet li anglijskaya devushka put' domoj iz ehtoj krasivoj, no opasnoj strany?Vpervye na russkom yazyke!

The Hiding Places A compelling tale of murder and deceit with a twist you won't see coming

The Hiding Places A compelling tale of murder and deceit with a twist you won't see coming

Author: Katherine Webb Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/09/2017

The perfect book group read for fans of Kate Morton, Rachel Hore and Santa Montefiore. A secret buried so deep, only a liar could uncover it'..towards the end, comes a twist in the plot so bold it will leave you blinking...A thoroughly satisfying read.' WI Life One hot summer in 1922. A house at the heart of the village. A crime that will shock the community. A man accused and two women with everything to lose. When Donny Cartwright is accused of murder, his sister Pudding is determined to discover the identity of the real killer. Together with newcomer, Irene, she begins to uncover the truth - a secret that has been buried for years. But when they happen upon a strange object, hidden in the past, they realise it will change everything . . . Your favourite authors love Katherine Webb: 'An enormously talented writer' Santa Montefiore 'I've loved all of Katherine Webb's books' Kate Riordan 'Katherine Webb's writing is beautiful' Elizabeth Fremantle 'Webb has a true gift for uncovering the mysteries of the human heart' Kate Williams 'A truly gifted writer of historical fiction' Lucinda Riley

The Hiding Places A compelling tale of murder and deceit with a twist you won't see coming

The Hiding Places A compelling tale of murder and deceit with a twist you won't see coming

Author: Katherine Webb Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

A secret buried so deep, only a liar could uncover itWiltshire, 1922. Fifteen-year old Pudding Cartwright has begun the career she always wanted, as girl groom to the Hadleigh family's horses at Manor Farm. Irene Hadleigh is struggling to adjust to her new life in sleepy Slaughterford, having married Alistair to escape a scandal in London. At a loss to occupy herself, Irene sets about restyling Manor Farm, and during the work the chance finding of a strange object, hidden away in the house for years, will change everything. When somebody close to both of them is murdered, Pudding and Irene are thrown together to seek out the identity of the killer in their midst, unaware of just how deep the roots of the crime lie. During a hot, humid summer of grief, betrayal, and misapprehensions, they will uncover truths neither of them could ever have foreseen. The perfect book group read for fans of Kate Morton, Lucinda Riley and Santa Montefiore. Your favourite authors love Katherine Webb: 'An enormously talented writer' Santa Montefiore 'I've loved all of Katherine Webb's books' Kate Riordan 'Katherine Webb's writing is beautiful' Elizabeth Freemantle 'Webb has a true gift for uncovering the mysteries of the human heart' Kate Williams 'A truly gifted writer of historical fiction' Lucinda Riley

The Hiding Places A compelling tale of murder and deceit with a twist you won't see coming

The Hiding Places A compelling tale of murder and deceit with a twist you won't see coming

Author: Katherine Webb Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2017

The perfect book group read for fans of Kate Morton, Rachel Hore and Santa Montefiore.A secret buried so deep, only a liar could uncover it Wiltshire, 1922. When murder comes to the idyllic, sleepy village of Slaughterford one hot summer, nobody is prepared for it - or for the sudden loss of one of their own. The killing is a shock to all who knew the victim, and when Pudding Cartwright's brother is suspected of the crime she is drawn towards conspicuous newcomer Irene, both determined to discover the identity of the killer in their midst. Unaware of just how deep the roots of the crime lie, Pudding and Irene begin to uncover truths neither of them could have foreseen, and the chance finding of a strange object, hidden away for years, will change everything. Your favourite authors love Katherine Webb: 'An enormously talented writer' Santa Montefiore 'I've loved all of Katherine Webb's books' Kate Riordan 'Katherine Webb's writing is beautiful' Elizabeth Fremantle 'Webb has a true gift for uncovering the mysteries of the human heart' Kate Williams 'A truly gifted writer of historical fiction' Lucinda Riley

The English Girl A compelling, sweeping novel of love, loss, secrets and betrayal

The English Girl A compelling, sweeping novel of love, loss, secrets and betrayal

Author: Katherine Webb Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/11/2016

From Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author, Katherine Webb, The English Girl is perfect for fans of Dinah Jefferies, Kate Morton and Santa Montefiore. In a land full of secrets, you can make your own rules.Joan Seabrook has fulfilled her lifelong dream to travel to Arabia and has arrived in the ancient city of Muscat with her fiance, Rory. Desperate to escape the pain of a personal tragedy, she longs to explore the desert fort of Jabrin and unearth the wonders held within. But Oman is a land lost in time, and gaining permission to explore could prove impossible. Joan's disappointment is only eased by the thrill of meeting her childhood heroine, pioneering explorer Maude Vickery, and hearing the stories that captured her imagination as a child. The friendship that forms between the two women will change everything. Both have desires to fulfil and secrets to keep. As their bond grows, Joan is inspired by the thrill of her new friend's past and finds herself swept up in a bold and dangerous adventure of Maude's making. Only too late does she begin to question her actions - actions that will spark a wild, and potentially devastating, chain of events. 'A compelling and beautifully written tale of adventure, mystery and love, The English Girl enthralled me from the first page. Set against the exotic backdrop of Arabia, Webb brings her world to life with skill and passion.' Santa Montefiore 'I've loved all Katherine Webb's books and this is a wonderful addition to my collection. After I finished, I found myself missing the searing heat and huge blue skies of the Omani desert.' Kate Riordan Your favourite authors love Katherine Webb's sweeping novels: 'An enormously talented writer' Santa Montefiore 'Webb has a true gift for uncovering the mysteries of the human heart and exploring the truth of love' Kate Williams 'Katherine Webb's writing is beautiful' Elizabeth Fremantle 'A truly gifted writer of historical fiction' Lucinda Riley 'Katherine's writing is rich, vivid and evocative' Iona Grey

Misbegotten

Misbegotten

Author: Katherine Webb Format: eBook Release Date: 28/07/2016

Durnye primety v den' svad'by Rejchel ne obmanuli: ee mechty o semejnom schast'e ochen' skoro ruhnuli. Ej otkrylis' neizvestnye stranicy iz zhizni ee muzha, preuspevayushchego torgovca vinom Richarda Uiksa. Okazalos', chto za pylkoj vlyublennost'yu Richarda stoyat sovsem inye chuvstva... Rejchel vovlechena v chuzhuyu igru, no otvedennuyu ej rol' ona ponimaet ne srazu. Vremya v romane dvizhetsya slovno po zakoldovannomu krugu, vozvrashchaya nas iz 1820-h k nachalu 1800-h. Avtor pogruzhaet nas v atmosferu malen'kogo anglijskogo gorodka na beregu reki EHjvon, za tihimi fasadami kotorogo kipyat strasti, rushatsya sud'by, umiraet i rozhdaetsya lyubov'. Vpervye na russkom yazyke!

Legacy

Legacy

Author: Katherine Webb Format: eBook Release Date: 16/05/2016

EHrika i ee starshaya sestra Beht priezzhayut v rodovoe pomest'e v Uiltshire, kotoroe dostalos' im ot nedavno umershej babushki. V detstve oni provodili tut kazhdoe leto, do tekh por poka ne ischez ih dvoyurodnyj brat Genri - u Rosnogo pruda, nedaleko ot doma. Storton Mehnor - bol'shoj starinnyj osobnyak i nadezhnyj hranitel' semejnyh tajn - pogruzhaet sester v vospominaniya ob ih poslednem lete v Uiltshire, i EHrika pytaetsya ponyat', chto proizoshlo s Genri... Postepenno, skvoz' gluhie provaly vremeni nachinayut prostupat' sobytiya davno minuvshih dnej, nasledie proshlogo, strannym obrazom opredelivshee sud'bu geroev. "e;Nasledie (2010) - debyutnyj roman anglijskoj pisatel'nicy Kehtrin Uehbb, imevshij ogromnyj uspekh. Kniga byla nominirovana na nacional'nuyu literaturnuyu premiyu Velikobritanii v kategorii "e;Otkrytie goda, perevedena na mnogie yazyki i stala mezhdunarodnym bestsellerom.

The English Girl A compelling, sweeping novel of love, loss, secrets and betrayal

The English Girl A compelling, sweeping novel of love, loss, secrets and betrayal

Author: Katherine Webb Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/03/2016

Joan Seabrook, a fledgling archaeologist, has fulfilled a lifelong dream to visit Arabia by travelling from England to the ancient city of Muscat with her fiance, Rory. Desperate to escape the pain of a personal tragedy, she longs to explore the desert fort of Jabrin, and unearth the treasures it is said to conceal. But Oman is a land lost in time - hard, secretive, and in the midst of a violent upheaval - and gaining permission to explore Jabrin could prove impossible. Joan's disappointment is only alleviated by the thrill of meeting her childhood heroine, pioneering explorer Maude Vickery, and hearing first-hand the stories that captured her imagination and fuelled her ambition as a child. Joan's encounter with the extraordinary and reclusive Maude will change everything. Both women have things that they want, and secrets they must keep. As their friendship grows, Joan is seduced by Maude's stories, and the thrill of the adventure they hold, and only too late does she begin to question her actions - actions that will spark a wild, and potentially disastrous, chain of events. Will the girl that left England for this beautiful but dangerous land ever find her way back?

The Night Falling

The Night Falling

Author: Katherine Webb Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2015

Puglia, Italy, 1921. Leandro returns home now a rich man with a glamorous American wife, determined to make his mark. But how did he get so wealthy - and what haunts his outwardly exuberant wife? Boyd, quiet English architect, is hired to build Leandro's dreams. But why is he so afraid of Leandro, and what really happened between them years before, in New York? Clare, Boyd's diffident wife, is summoned to Puglia with her stepson. At first desperate to leave, she soon finds a compelling reason to stay. Ettore, starving, poor and grieving for his lost fiancee, is too proud to ask his Uncle Leandro for help. Until events conspire to force his hand. Tensions are high as poverty leads veterans of the Great War to the brink of rebellion. And under the burning sky, a reckless love and a violent enmity will bring brutal truths to light...

Unseen

Unseen

Author: Katherine Webb Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2012

Occult happenings, romantic passion, and murder disrupt the peace of a Berkshire village in 1911 in this hauntingly good novel.Marie Claire (UK)Katherine Webbs debut novel, The Legacy, was an international bestsellerand her remarkable second effort, The Unseen, is as gripping, thrilling, and unforgettable as her first. In this compelling story of love, deception, obsession, and illusion, the arrival of two dangerous strangers in a small village in England in the early 1900s disrupts the quiet lives of a vicar with a fascination with spiritualism and his nave young wife, and ultimately leads to murder. The Unseen is literary suspense at its most entertaining and enthralling, truly superior fiction not unlike the captivating tales of Kate Morton and Diane Setterfield.

Legacy

Legacy

Author: Katherine Webb Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2012

When they were children, Erica Calcott and her sister, Beth, spent their summer holidays at Storton Manor. Now, following the death of their grandmother, they have returned to the grand, imposing house in Wiltshire, England. Unable to stem the tide of childhood memories that arise as she sorts through her grandmothers belongings, Erica thinks back to the summer her cousin Henry vanished mysteriously from the estate, an event that tore their family to pieces. It is time, she believes, to lay the past to rest, bring her sister some peace, and finally solve the mystery of her cousins disappearance.But sifting through remnants of a bygone time is bringing a secret family history to lightone that stretches back over a century, to a beautiful society heiress in Oklahoma, a haunting, savage land across the ocean. And as past and present converge, Erica and Beth must come to terms with two shocking acts of betrayal . . . and the heartbreaking legacy they left behind.

The Unseen

The Unseen

Author: Katherine Webb Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/11/2011

From the author of the acclaimed debut THE LEGACY comes a compelling tale of love, deception and illusion. England, 1911. When a free-spirited young woman arrives in a sleepy Berkshire village to work as a maid in the household of The Reverend and Mrs Canning, she sets in motion a chain of events which changes all their lives. For Cat has a past - a past her new mistress is willing to overlook, but will never understand . . . Then her husband invites a young man into their home, he brings with him a dangerous obsession . . . During the long, oppressive summer, the rectory becomes charged with ambition, love and jealousy - with the most devastating consequences. Your favourite authors love Katherine Webb's sweeping historical dramas:'An enormously talented writer' Santa Montefiore 'Webb have a true gift for uncovering the mysteries of the human heart and exploring the truth of love' Kate Williams 'Katherine Webb's writing is beautiful' Elizabeth Fremantle 'A truly gifted writer of historical fiction' Lucinda Riley 'Katherine's writing is rich, vivid and evocative' Iona Grey

The Legacy

The Legacy

Author: Katherine Webb Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/06/2010

Two sisters. One heartbreaking secret. And a past that cannot stay buried.In the depths of a harsh winter, Erica and Beth Calcott return to the house where they spent idyllic summers as children. As Erica sorts through her late grandmother's belongings, strange fragments of family history and vivid memories break from the surface of the present day...Memories of their cousin, Henry, who disappeared one summer long ago, and of their grandmother, a bitter woman, full of a deep, dark hatred. As Erica sifts through remnants of the past, a secret emerges, reaching all the way back to a beautiful heiress in turn-of-the-century Oklahoma. As past and present converge, Erica and Beth must come to terms with two terrible acts of betrayal and the heartbreaking legacy left behind. Your favourite authors love Katherine Webb's sweeping historical dramas: 'An enormously talented writer' Santa Montefiore'Webb have a true gift for uncovering the mysteries of the human heart and exploring the truth of love' Kate Williams 'Katherine Webb's writing is beautiful' Elizabeth Fremantle 'A truly gifted writer of historical fiction' Lucinda Riley 'Katherine's writing is rich, vivid and evocative' Iona Grey