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Katie Ward was born in Somerset in 1979. She has worked in the public and voluntary sectors, including at a women’s refuge and for a Member of Parliament. She took a career break in order to write her debut novel, after being inspired by a book of portraits of women and girls reading.
In 2007, Katie Ward met Hilary Mantel through a work colleague and Hilary took a keen interest in her work.
When Girl Reading was complete, Hilary recommended it to her agent, who soon had a number of publishers bidding for it.
Katie lives in Suffolk with her husband.
Author photo © Charlie Hopkinson
Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 4 March 2012. With each chapter inspired by a real work of art, this richly textured debut novel transports us into a perfectly imagined tale of how each portrait came to be. As the narrative grows through time, from 1333 into the present and beyond, the reader is woven into the subtle connections that grow and thread through the narratives. Unusual, beguiling and full of beauty, Girl Reading is as finely drawn as the portraits that inspired it.