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Kate Saunders - Author

About the Author

Kate Saunders is a full-time author and journalist and has written many books for adults and children. Her books for children have won awards and received rave reviews, and include future classics such as Beswitched, Magicalamity, The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop and The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix. Kate is a true storyteller and her magical, wickedly hilarious novels allow young readers to escape their everyday lives into wonderful worlds where they are empowered to explore and enjoy themselves. Kate lives in London.

Featured books by Kate Saunders

The Secrets of Wishtide

The Secrets of Wishtide

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/07/2016

Mrs Laetitia Rodd is the impoverished widow of an Archdeacon, living modestly in Hampstead with her landlady Mrs Bentley. She is also a private detective of the utmost discretion. In winter 1850, her brother Frederick, a criminal barrister, introduces her to Sir James Calderstone, a wealthy and powerful industrialist who asks Mrs Rodd to investigate the background of an 'unsuitable' woman his son intends to marry - a match he is determined to prevent. In the guise of governess, she travels to the family seat, Wishtide, deep in the frozen Lincolnshire countryside, where she soon discovers that the Calderstones have more to hide than most. As their secrets unfold, the case takes an unpleasant turn when a man is found dead outside a tavern. Mrs Rodd's keen eyes and astute wits are taxed as never before in her search for the truth - which carries her from elite drawing rooms to London's notorious inns and its steaming laundry houses.

Other books by Kate Saunders

The Land of Neverendings

The Land of Neverendings

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2018

Emily watched, in a trance of astonishment, as the bear opened the picnic basket, took out a tartan rug and spread it on Holly's bed. And then the penguin spoke. Actually spoke. 'What's going on? This isn't Pointed End!' The bear said, 'It looks like a human bedroom. We must've come through the wrong door.' 'But there aren't any doors to the hard world in Deep Smockeroon! And we don't have a human bedroom any more. We're in a box in the attic.' What if there exists a world powered by imagination? A world of silliness, where humans and their toys live on long after they've left the Hard World . . . and what if the door between that world and this one was broken? Welcome to the Land of Neverendings. Moving, raw and funny in all the right ways, The Land of Neverendings is a rip-roaring adventure, but it also gives an honest portrayal of grief for young readers, and shows us that whilst sadness does exist in the world, it doesn't have to cancel out happiness, or silliness, even when you lose someone you love.

Das Geheimnis von Wishtide Manor

Das Geheimnis von Wishtide Manor

Author: Kate Saunders Format: eBook Release Date: 14/12/2017

Groer Auftritt fur eine unwiderstehliche Ermittlerin, die alles sieht und keinem auffallt:Laetitia Rodd ist die Frau fur diskrete Ermittlungen. Sie sieht, was anderen verborgen bleibt. Man vertraut ihr, denn sie gehort dazu. Sie erfahrt Geheimnisse, weil sie als Witwe in der Gesellschaft so unauffallig ist. Ihr Auftrag fuhrt sie 1851 von London auf den Landsitz des reichen Sir James Calderstone. Sein Sohn Charles will eine junge Frau heiraten, der Sir James misstraut. Was verheimlicht sie? Laetitia soll dunkle Flecken in Helens Vergangenheit aufspuren. Doch da wird Helen ermordet, und ihr Verlobter Charles gilt als der Tater. Die Suche nach dem wahren Morder bringt Laetitia selbst in grote Gefahr...

The Land of Neverendings

The Land of Neverendings

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

The cat flap opened. Emily thought a wild animal was coming into the house. But the muddy creature that climbed through had four little wheels and a tail. It spoke in a voice like rough sandpaper. 'Come on, you two - it's nice and warm in here.' What if there exists a world powered by imagination? A world of silliness, where humans and their toys live on long after they've left the Hard World . . . and what if the door between that world and this one was broken? Welcome to the Land of Neverendings. Moving, raw and funny in all the right ways, The Land of Neverendings is a rip-roaring adventure, but it also gives an honest portrayal of grief for young readers, and shows us that whilst sadness does exist in the world, it doesn't have to cancel out happiness, or silliness, even when you lose someone you love.

Land of Neverendings

Land of Neverendings

Author: Kate Saunders Format: eBook Release Date: 03/10/2017

The cat flap opened. Emily thought a wild animal was coming into the house. But the muddy creature that climbed through had four little wheels and a tail. It spoke in a voice like rough sandpaper. 'Come on, you two - it's nice and warm in here.'What if there exists a world powered by imagination?A world of silliness, where humans and their toys live on long after they've left the Hard World . . . and what if the door between that world and this one was broken?Welcome to the Land of Neverendings.Moving, raw and funny in all the right ways, The Land of Neverendings is a rip-roaring adventure, but it also gives an honest portrayal of grief for young readers, and shows us that whilst sadness does exist in the world, it doesn't have to cancel out happiness, or silliness, even when you lose someone you love.

The Secrets of Wishtide

The Secrets of Wishtide

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2017

From the bestselling, award-winning novelist Kate Saunders comes the first in `The Laetitia Rodd Mysteries', six novels featuring a Victorian lady detective, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, M. C. Beaton and Grantchester 'A Dickensian glow pervades this immensely satisfying novel. Hugely enjoyable' James Runcie, author of 'The Grantchester Mysteries' Mrs Laetitia Rodd is the impoverished widow of an Archdeacon, living modestly in Hampstead with her landlady Mrs Bentley. She is also a private detective of the utmost discretion. In winter 1850, her brother Frederick, a criminal barrister, introduces her to Sir James Calderstone, a wealthy and powerful industrialist who asks Mrs Rodd to investigate the background of an `unsuitable' woman his son intends to marry - a match he is determined to prevent. In the guise of governess, she travels to the family seat, Wishtide, deep in the frozen Lincolnshire countryside, where she soon discovers that the Calderstones have more to hide than most. As their secrets unfold, the case takes an unpleasant turn when a man is found dead outside a tavern. Mrs Rodd's keen eyes and astute wits are taxed as never before in her search for the truth - which carries her from elite drawing rooms to London's notorious inns and its steaming laundry houses. Dickensian in its scope and characters, The Secrets of Wishtide brings nineteenth century society vividly to life and illuminates the effect of Victorian morality on women's lives. Introducing an irresistible new detective, the first book in the Laetitia Rodd Mystery series will enthral and delight.

Die genial gefahrliche Zeitreiseschokolade

Die genial gefahrliche Zeitreiseschokolade

Author: Kate Saunders Format: eBook Release Date: 25/02/2016

Ein magisch-verrucktes Abenteuer mit jeder Menge Schokolade! Zeitreise inklusive!Eine neue Mission fur die Zwillinge Oz und Lily: In ihrem zweiten rasanten Abenteuer mussen sie die bose Hexe Alba besiegen - dafur folgen sie ihr mit der Zeitreiseschokolade sogar bis ins 17. Jahrhundert! Denn Alba hat einen finsteren Plan, der ganz London zerstoren konnte. Konnen die Zwillinge mithilfe einer sprechenden Katze, einer Armee von Ratten und einem Bodyguard in Gestalt eines zwolfjahrigen Vampirmadchens in letzter Sekunde das Schlimmste verhindern?Eine abenteuerliche Achterbahnfahrt voller Magie, Geheimnisse - und Schokolade. So lecker ist noch niemand durch die Zeit gereist!

Beswitched

Beswitched

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2016

When Flora Fox's parents send their daughter off to boarding school, they have no idea that the train will take her back to 1935. On the journey Flora has a strange dream. She wakes up without her laptop or her phone, wearing a hideous uniform with ridiculous bloomers underneath. She is a new girl at St Winifred's, where the rules are mad, the food horrible, and the hairiness of the teachers unbelievable. Her 21st century manners will not be tolerated at strict St Win's - how will she ever survive and find her way back to her own time? But there is a special reason why Flora has been summoned to the past. It involves the tempestuous girl who becomes her best friend... BESWITCHED is a wonderfully funny, classic story from a popular and very talented children's author.

Five Children on the Western Front

Five Children on the Western Front

Author: Kate Saunders Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/06/2015

The five children have grown up and World War I has begun in earnest. The sand fairy has become a creature of stories...until, for the first time in 10 years, he suddenly reappears. Before this last adventure ends, all will be changed; the two younger children will have seen the Great War from every possible viewpoint, and the war's impact will be felt right at the heart of their family.

Die genial gefahrliche Unsterblichkeitsschokolade

Die genial gefahrliche Unsterblichkeitsschokolade

Author: Kate Saunders Format: eBook Release Date: 26/03/2015

Sprechende Tiere, tierische Geheimagenten und Schokolade, die unsterblich macht Als die Zwillinge Oz und Lily mit ihren Eltern in ihr frisch geerbtes Haus ziehen, erwartet sie das Abenteuer ihres Lebens! Vor vielen Jahren haben ihre Vorfahren hier das Rezept fur Unsterblichkeitsschokolade entwickelt. Jetzt will ihr Urgroonkel die magischen Schokoladengussformen an Terroristen verkaufen. Unterstutzt von Geheimagenten in Gestalt einer unsichtbaren Katze und einer sprechenden Ratte mussen Oz und Lily die Welt - und ihre Familie - retten!Ein magisch-verruckter Abenteuerroman mit jeder Menge Schokolade!

Ein Jahr an deiner Seite

Ein Jahr an deiner Seite

Author: Kate Saunders Format: eBook Release Date: 23/10/2014

ES WAR DIE GANZ GROSSE LIEBE, als sich Marnie und Nick begegneten. Aber seit Nick im Koma liegt, bleibt Marnie nur die Erinnerung ans Gluck. Kann es je wiederkehren?Es ist Liebe. Das wei Marnie, aufstrebende Schauspielerin in London, sofort, als sie Nick trifft. Die beiden sturzen sich ins Gluck - kostbare Monate lang. Bis Nick nach einem Hirnschlag ins Koma fallt. Jetzt hat Marnie nur ihre Erinnerungen, wahrend sie an Nicks Krankenbett sitzt. Wie soll es weitergehen? Ihre Freundin Pandora rat, die Vergangenheit loszulassen.Marnies Eltern wollen ihr helfen, sind aber eigentlich mit ihrer eigenen Ehekrise beschaftigt. Und dann ist da noch Luke, Pandoras Freund und theaterliebender Banker, der Marnies ermutigt, ihre Buhnenkarriere zu verfolgen. Die taglichen Besuche bei Nick geben Marnie Halt - aber warum kommen ihr nach und nach immer starkere Zweifel an seiner Liebe?Ein wunderbar beruhrender, aber auch komischer Roman uber das Gefuhl, das fluchtig ist und ewig wahrt - die Liebe.

Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix

Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix

Author: Kate Saunders Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

A secret government department, once again, needs the magical help of Oz and Lily in a desperate new mission. Along with everyone's favourite cantankerous cat, Demerara, her ratty companion Spike, and the help of some powerfully magical chocolate, the children must travel back in time to the height of the Blitz. Can they defeat some very dangerous supernatural creatures and save London's famous cathedral from destruction by fire? The exciting companion to The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop.

Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop

Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop

Author: Kate Saunders Format: eBook Release Date: 12/03/2013

"e;Reminiscent of Road Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. . . a great read-aloud."e; --BooklistWelcome to the most magical house in London.The family of eleven-year-old twins Oz and Lily have inherited it, together with the mysterious shop downstairs. Long ago, the shop's famous chocolate-makers, who also happen to be Oz and Lily's great uncles, were clever sorcerers. Now evil villians are hunting for the secret of their greatest recipe. The terrifying powers of this magic chocolate have the ability to destroy the world.Soon, Oz and Lily are swept into a thrilling battle, helped by an invisible cat, a talking rat, and the ghost of an elephant. It's up to them to stop the villians and keep the magical chocolate recipe out of harm's way. Their family and the world depends on it.From the Hardcover edition.

Es klingt nach Liebe

Es klingt nach Liebe

Author: Kate Saunders Format: eBook Release Date: 21/02/2013

Was tust du, wenn du deiner groen Liebe wieder begegnest?Genau das passiert Hugh Purvis - wohlverheiratet und korrekt. Er trifft Laura, seine groe Liebe von einst. Gleichzeitig verliebt sich seine Tochter in eine Frau, und Sohn Colin interessiert sich mehr fur eine Chorsangerin mit Dreadlocks als fur eine schillernde Karriere als Pianist. Und schon fliegt Hughs Frau Barbara alles, was sie im Leben fur sicher hielt, um die Ohren. Dagegen hilft nur eine radikale Renovierung: Barbara kauft spontan eine baufallige Muhle und mobelt nicht nur das Gemauer, sondern auch den grantigen Exbesitzer auf - mit erstaunlichen Folgen fur den ganzen Purvis-Clan...Die romantische Komodie fur die jungen und die besten Jahre

Es soll Liebe sein

Es soll Liebe sein

Author: Kate Saunders Format: eBook Release Date: 21/02/2013

Liebe ist das, was passiert, wahrend man grade andere Plane macht. Eine herrliche Liebeskomodie.Ben und Frederick sind charmant, gutaussehend und vollig unwiderstehlich. Leider sind sie auch unordentlich, jeglicher Arbeit abgeneigt und komplett nutzlos. Cassie dagegen ist sehr organisiert - bei Job, Freund, Karriere. Sie kennt die Jungs schon seit ihrer Kindheit. Die Mutter der beiden, Phoebe, erfahrt, dass sie nicht mehr lange zu leben hat. Sie bittet Cassie, fur ihre Sohne passende Ehefrauen zu suchen. Cassie kann Phoebe diesen letzten Wunsch nicht abschlagen. Aber wie soll sie ihre anspruchsvollen Freundinnen davon uberzeugen, es mit Ben und Frederick zu probieren? Und warum hat sie das dumme Gefuhl, bei ihren Kuppelversuchen etwas Wichtiges zu ubersehen?"e;Hinreiend komisch!"e; freundin

Liebe im Spiel

Liebe im Spiel

Author: Kate Saunders Format: eBook Release Date: 21/02/2013

Sie ziehen aus, um reich zu heiraten. Und treffen mitten ins Herz.Die Hasty-Schwestern sind jung, hubsch - und pleite. Sie mussen den vom Verfall bedrohten Familiensitz Melismate retten. Klar, denken sich Rufa, Selena, Nancy und Lydia: sie sturzen sich einfach auf den Heiratsmarkt. Liebe ist sowieso ein uberbewertetes Gefuhl! Ein Reigen von skurrilen Landedelleuten und hochst ungeeigneten Heiratskandidaten in London sorgt fur kostliche Verwirrung. Und dann ist auf einmal - Liebe im Spiel.

Liebe macht lustig

Liebe macht lustig

Author: Kate Saunders Format: eBook Release Date: 21/02/2013

Leichthandig und tiefgehend: Die romantische Komodie um verhinderte Ehebrecher, Katastrophen im Urlaubsparadies und die Liebe, die man nicht buchen kann.Beth ist sauer: Ihr Mann Charlie hat eine Woche Urlaub in Frankreich geplant - allerdings mit seiner attraktiven Kollegin Clare. Beth sorgt dafur, dass Charlie umbucht. Und Clare fallt aus allen Wolken, als Charlie im sonnigen Sudfrankreich mit Frau und zwei schlechtgelaunten Teenager-Tochtern auftaucht. Das Hotel ist ein halbverfallenes Chateau mit undichtem Dach, betrunkener Kochin und wackligen Betten. Und die anderen Gaste stammen direkt aus einer schragen Casting-Show: ein vielleicht schwules Parchen, dosig-aristokratische Bruder aus Schottland und ein mysterios attraktiver Internatsdirektor. Zwischen Traumurlaub und Albtraumlocation verstricken sich Charlie, Beth und Clare in einen kostlichen Sommernachtsverwechslungstraum, in dem schlielich doch die Liebe erwacht.

The Marrying Game

The Marrying Game

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2012

Nobody marries for money any more. Or do they? The aristocratic Hasty sisters are astonishingly beautiful, irresistibly sexy and startlingly intelligent. They are also, unfortunately, extremely poor. On the death of their charming, autocratic father, they discover that their sole inheritance is their ravishing good looks. Even worse, Melismate, home of their ancestors for nearly a thousand years, is to be sold, leaving them homeless. Rufa, the eldest and most beautiful of the Hastys, is also the most fiercely proud of her heritage. Determined to save Melismate no matter what the cost to herself - and her three sisters - she invents The Marrying Game. If their faces are to be their only fortune, then the Hasty girls must put all thoughts of love out of their minds and marry for money. Ignoring her mother's warnings, Rufa sells her battered old blue Volvo to finance their entry into high society and, together with her outrageously sexy and voluptuous sister Nancy, sets off for London to seek a fortune or two. The Marrying Game has begun -

Wild Young Bohemians

Wild Young Bohemians

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Melissa Lamb and her cousin Ernestine are at the centre of the Wild Young Bohemians, an exclusive dining club at Oxford for the beautiful and ambitious. Melissa is in the grip of an obsession. Ernestine, however, mild and practical, does not see through Melissa's ruthless determination to restore her derelict family mansion - a Gothic legacy of lust, greed and death, with a spectacular secret that has slept for a hundred years. Melissa will let nothing stand in her way - until a vengeful stranger enters their magic circle. But he is only a catalyst: the seed of evil is already sown.

Lily-Josephine

Lily-Josephine

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Lily-Josephine had a talent for love. Wilful, enchanting and passionate, she was the centre of a charmed universe - until her foolish, indulgent father married again. Like Snow-Drop in Grimms' fairy tale, Lily ran from her jealous stepmother one idyllic summer evening in 1941. She escaped to find sanctuary but, at Randalls, discovered a love far greater than any she had ever known... A generation later, the events set in train that night begin to unravel when Sophie Gently falls in love with Octavius Randall and the bizarre and tragic history linking their families is uncovered. Not until ancient passions and betrayals have been confronted can Lily-Josephine - long gone, but never forgotten - truly be laid to rest.

Night Shall Overtake Us

Night Shall Overtake Us

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

In Edwardian England a vow of friendship is a thing of innocence. Even when tested by the passionate militancy of the suffragette movement or the rigorous demands of the Season, the bonds between Rory, Eleanor, Jenny and Francesca hold fast. But nothing can withstand the unprecedented onslaught of the First World War - and as the best of an entire generation is extinguished on the battlefields of Europe, a schoolgirl pledge, too, lies broken...

Bachelor Boys

Bachelor Boys

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/10/2004

Cassie is nothing if not organised. A successful journalist, she's ticked almost all the boxes: attentive boyfriend, own flat, good job, great friends - it's all fallen into place. In theory, at least. There's one part of Cassie's life, however, which is anything but organised, and that's her love for the Darling family. As the only child of ambitious parents, Cassie spent her childhood abandoned to the somewhat peremptory care of a series of nannies until one day, peeping over the garden wall, she met her next-door neighbours: Fritz and Ben, the boys who became her inseparable childhood friends, Gudrun, their father, and Phoebe Darling, the woman who took Cassie in and transformed her life. But now Phoebe is ill, and when she summons Cassie to ask of her the only favour she's ever requested, Cassie knows she can't say no. But what Phoebe asks is an impossibility: concerned about what will happen to Fritz and Ben after her death, she wants to see them safely married off. Yet entertaining as they were as children, they're terrible as adults. They're utterly charming, ridiculously sexy and completely irresistible, but they're also totally unemployable, hopelessly messy and irretrievably useless. Surely no intelligent woman could be persuaded, once they see past the enticing veneer, to take one of them on for life? But Cassie's determined to grant Phoebe's last wish...

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