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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 Legacy

The Legacy

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

A superb family drama, full of secrets and betrayals, love and resentment. Two sisters return to the house of their grandmother, following her death, and while sorting out the family affairs the uncover secrets long held buried. A really absorbing read and an author to definitely keep an eye on.   Shortlisted for the Galaxy New Writer of the Year 2010.   July 2010 Debut of the Month.   Voted the public's favourite TV Book Club Summer Read 2010.   Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 11 July 2010.   August 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.   July 2010 Editor's Choice.     Dear ReaderYou hold in your hands an extraordinary debut novel. The Legacy is a sweeping, multi-generational drama that moves from turn-of-the-century America to present day England. It immediately reminded me of one of my favourite novels: The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher.Katherine's novel is a hauntingly beautiful, deeply satisfying read, exploring themes of individual and collective identity, of loss and of atonement. Most of all, it is a novel about two women from two different generations; the truths they hide, the lies they live, the secrets they uncover and the hidden ties that bind them.I simply cannot wait to publish this absorbing ad unforgettable read. I hope you enjoy it. Sara O'KeeffeSenior Commissioning Editor, Orion Books

eBooks of the Month
The Unseen

The Unseen

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

December 2011 Book of the Month. One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. A mix of the occult, murder and love – dual time; 1911 and 2010. It is sparked off by the discovery of the body of a First World War soldier in France who has two letters on him. It is these letters that give us the bulk of this hypnotic tale. Good old-fashioned storytelling at its best.

eBooks of the Month
A Half-forgotten Song

A Half-forgotten Song

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

December 2012 Book of the Month. From the author of TV Book Club favourite The Legacy, comes an emotionally powerful story exploring the dark heart of love. Just before WW2 Mitzy Hatcher’s lonely Dorset life is transformed by the arrival of a renowned artist for whom she becomes the muse. However, as she grows up innocent love becomes obsessive with consequences that reach forward over 70 years. Webb is simply an excellent storyteller and she is getting better with each book.      A few Lovereading members have been lucky enough to read this novel and have written reviews for us.  Scroll down to see what they think..

Books of the Month
The Misbegotten

The Misbegotten

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

Unusual for Katherine Webb, this new novel of hers is placed in one time only, the early 1800s.  It starts slowly but soon you fall for her characters and their predicaments and by the end of the novel you are racing through the pages as if a monster were after you.  It is the story of a love that is lost, of secrets and lies with the description of the war in Spain particularly vivid and painful.  We follow Jonathan through this dreadful period which really stands out in this long book.  It is the disappearance of his love that is the mystery of this tale, one full of skeletons, suffering and twisting clues dropped casually into a mystery.  You must keep your wits about you to follow.  It is very good...

eBooks of the Month
The Misbegotten

The Misbegotten

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

November 2013 Book of the Month. Unusual for Katherine Webb, this new novel of hers is placed in one time only, the early 1800s.  It starts slowly but soon you fall for her characters and their predicaments and by the end of the novel you are racing through the pages as if a monster were after you.  It is the story of a love that is lost, of secrets and lies with the description of the war in Spain particularly vivid and painful.  We follow Jonathan through this dreadful period which really stands out in this long book.  It is the disappearance of his love that is the mystery of this tale, one full of skeletons, suffering and twisting clues dropped casually into a mystery.  You must keep your wits about you to follow.  It is very good..   In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Misbegotten a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'A compelling, absorbing and intriguing story about how secrets can come back to haunt us...I thought this was a fabulous read .'  - Vanessa Wild. Scroll down to read more reviews.

eBooks of the Month
The Night Falling

The Night Falling

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

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.

eBooks of the Month
The Misbegotten

The Misbegotten

Author: Katherine Webb Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2013

Unusual for Katherine Webb, this new novel of hers is placed in one time only, the early 1800s.  It starts slowly but soon you fall for her characters and their predicaments and by the end of the novel you are racing through the pages as if a monster were after you.  It is the story of a love that is lost, of secrets and lies with the description of the war in Spain particularly vivid and painful.  We follow Jonathan through this dreadful period which really stands out in this long book.  It is the disappearance of his love that is the mystery of this tale, one full of skeletons, suffering and twisting clues dropped casually into a mystery.  You must keep your wits about you to follow.  It is very good...

eBooks of the Month
The Misbegotten

The Misbegotten

Author: Katherine Webb Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2013

November 2013 Book of the Month. Unusual for Katherine Webb, this new novel of hers is placed in one time only, the early 1800s.  It starts slowly but soon you fall for her characters and their predicaments and by the end of the novel you are racing through the pages as if a monster were after you.  It is the story of a love that is lost, of secrets and lies with the description of the war in Spain particularly vivid and painful.  We follow Jonathan through this dreadful period which really stands out in this long book.  It is the disappearance of his love that is the mystery of this tale, one full of skeletons, suffering and twisting clues dropped casually into a mystery.  You must keep your wits about you to follow.  It is very good..   In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Misbegotten a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'A compelling, absorbing and intriguing story about how secrets can come back to haunt us...I thought this was a fabulous read .'  - Vanessa Wild. Scroll down to read more reviews.

eBooks of the Month
A Half Forgotten Song

A Half Forgotten Song

Author: Katherine Webb Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/07/2012

From the author of TV Book Club favourite The Legacy, comes an emotionally powerful story exploring the dark heart of love. Just before WW2 Mitzy Hatcher’s lonely Dorset life is transformed by the arrival of a renowned artist for whom she becomes the muse. However, as she grows up innocent love becomes obsessive with consequences that reach forward over 70 years. Webb is simply an excellent storyteller and she is getting better with each book.

Other books by Katherine Webb

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Author: Katherine Webb Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/04/2021

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is known as a common gynaecologic and endocrinology disease with multiple short and long-term consequences. It is one of the most common causes for hyperandrogenism and anovulation (therefore hirsutism, acne, menstrual dysfunction and infertility); increases the risk for metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes and, still debated, cardiovascular disease. It represents a substantial psychological, social and economic burden for womens reproductive life span. In this book, Chapter One reviews the aetiology and pathogenesis of the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, with the objective to set the ground for future research that could help elucidate which patients have risk of developing the disorder and what triggers this risk, so strategies to prevent it could be found. Chapter Two focuses on the most recent studies about PCOS and the current models of its genetic pathogenesis. In addition, it emphasizes the significance of genetic factors and the possibility of developing plausible candidate gene families for diagnosis and to improve therapeutic approaches for PCOS treatment. Chapter Three evaluates the available therapeutic strategies for the treatment of women with PCOS also focusing on diet in order to assess the possible impact on the clinical effects associated with it. Chapter Four reviews the most recent data regarding useful and promising adjuvant therapies in PCOS and its mechanisms of action, in order to expand its use on those patients who do not respond to conventional management. Chapter Five focuses on current existing markers of Insulin resistance (IR).

The Disappearance

The Disappearance

Author: Katherine Webb Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/09/2019

'Gripping, heart-wrenching and painfully real. An absolute triumph' Iona Grey What was hidden will be revealed...When Frances' best friend Bronwyn disappeared over twenty years ago, her body was never found. The mystery over what happened has cast a shadow over Frances' life ever since. Now, it's 1942 and bombs are raining down on Bath. In the chaos a little boy - Davy Noyle - goes missing. Frances was meant to be looking after him and she is tortured by guilt at his disappearance. Where has he gone, and could he possibly have survived? But bombs conceal, and they reveal - and as quiet falls and the dust settles, a body is disturbed from its hiding place. What happened all those years ago? And can Frances put the wrongs of the past right again...? Praise for The Disappearance: 'A wonderful wartime story . . . A huge treat' Kate Riordan 'I couldn't have loved it more. Riveting, haunting, beautifully written . . . a stunner!' Jenny Ashcroft 'Evocative. Totally transporting. This is a rich and delicious multi-layered read' Eve Chase 'A beautifully written and emotionally involving mystery...highly recommended' Amanda Jennings 'Immersive, powerful and beautifully written, The Disappearance had me hooked from the first page to the last. I loved it' Judith Kinghorn Your favourite authors love Katherine Webb: 'An enormously talented writer' Santa Montefiore '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

The Hiding Places

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 English Girl

The English Girl

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!

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