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Kate Hamer - Author

About the Author

Kate Hamer grew up in Pembrokeshire. She did a Creative Writing MA at Aberystwyth University and the Curtis Brown Creative novel-writing course. She won the Rhys Davies short story award in 2011 and her winning story was read out on Radio 4. She has recently been awarded a Literature Wales bursary. She lives in Cardiff with her husband and two children.

 

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Featured books by Kate Hamer

The Doll Funeral

The Doll Funeral

Author: Kate Hamer Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2018

My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They're not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. But there are things I won't say. I won't tell them I'm going to hunt for my real parents. I don't say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw. Or that I'm a hunter for lost souls.I'm going to be with my real family. And I won't let anyone stop me.

Other books by Kate Hamer

Crushed

Crushed

Author: Kate Hamer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

Phoebe stands on Pulteney Bridge, tights gashed from toe to thigh. The shock of mangled metal and blood-stained walls flashes through her mind as she tries to cover her face so she won't be recognised. It wouldn't do to be spotted looking like this. She's missing a shoe. She feels sick. Phoebe thought murder and murder happened. Thoughts are just thoughts, they said. Now she knows they were wrong. At home, Phoebe arranges the scissors and knives so they point toward her mother's room. She is exhausted, making sure there's no trace of herself - not a single hair, not even her scent - left anywhere in the house. She must not let her thoughts unravel, because if they do, there's no telling who might be caught in the crossfire, and Phoebe will have to live with the consequences.

Crushed

Crushed

Author: Kate Hamer Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2019

Phoebe stands on Pulteney Bridge, tights gashed from toe to thigh. The shock of mangled metal and blood-stained walls flashes through her mind as she tries to cover her face so she won't be recognised. It wouldn't do to be spotted looking like this. She's missing a shoe. She feels sick. Phoebe thought murder and murder happened. Thoughts are just thoughts, they said. Now she knows they were wrong. At home, Phoebe arranges the scissors and knives so they point toward her mother's room. She is exhausted, making sure there's no trace of herself - not a single hair, not even her scent - left anywhere in the house. She must not let her thoughts unravel, because if they do, there's no telling who might be caught in the crossfire, and Phoebe will have to live with the consequences.

The Doll Funeral

The Doll Funeral

Author: Kate Hamer Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2018

My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They're not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. But there are things I won't say. I won't tell them I'm going to hunt for my real parents. I don't say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw. Or that I'm a hunter for lost souls.I'm going to be with my real family. And I won't let anyone stop me.

The Doll Funeral

The Doll Funeral

Author: Kate Hamer Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/02/2017

My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They're not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. I'm supposed to say that the bruises on my arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs. But there are things I won't say. I won't tell them I'm going to hunt for my real parents. I don't say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw on the way to bed. I did tell Mick that I saw the woman in the buttercup dress, hanging upside down from her seat belt deep in the forest at the back of our house. I told him I saw death crawl out of her. He said he'd give me a medal for lying. I wasn't lying. I'm a hunter for lost souls and I'm going to be with my real family. And I'm not going to let Mick stop me.

The Doll Funeral

The Doll Funeral

Author: Kate Hamer Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/02/2017

The Doll Funeral

The Doll Funeral

Author: Kate Hamer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/2017

My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They're not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. I'm supposed to say that the bruises on my arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs. But there are things I won't say. I won't tell them I'm going to hunt for my real parents. I don't say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw on the way to bed. I did tell Mick that I saw the woman in the buttercup dress, hanging upside down from her seat belt deep in the forest at the back of our house. I told him I saw death crawl out of her. He said he'd give me a medal for lying. I wasn't lying. I'm a hunter for lost souls and I'm going to be with my real family. And I'm not going to let Mick stop me.

Doll Funeral

Doll Funeral

Author: Kate Hamer Format: eBook Release Date: 31/01/2017

My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They're not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. I'm supposed to say that the bruises on my arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs. But there are things I won't say. I won't tell them I'm going to hunt for my real parents. I don't say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw on the way to bed.I did tell Mick that I saw the woman in the buttercup dress, hanging upside down from her seat belt deep in the forest at the back of our house. I told him I saw death crawl out of her. He said he'd give me a medal for lying. I wasn't lying. I'm a hunter for lost souls and I'm going to be with my real family. And I'm not going to let Mick stop me.

Das Madchen, das ruckwarts ging

Das Madchen, das ruckwarts ging

Author: Kate Hamer Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2015

Im englischen Norfolk verschwindet ein Madchen. Bei dichtem Nebel scheint die achtjahrige Carmel wie vom Erdboden verschluckt. Es gibt keine Hinweise, niemand hat sie gesehen, die Polizei tappt im Dunkeln. Carmels Mutter Beth, seit kurzem wieder Single, gibt sich voller Verzweiflung selbst die Schuld: Hat sie Signale ubersehen, nicht genug achtgegeben auf ihr einziges Kind?Carmel ist ein besonderes Mdchen: Sensibel und reifer als andere in ihrem Alter, verhlt sie sich oft rtselhaft, wirkt abwesend, vertrumt. Zwischen Hoffnung und Ohnmacht sucht Carmels Mutter schlielich selbst nach ihr. Schritt fr Schritt geht sie zurck in der gemeinsamen Zeit, denn jede Kleinigkeit zhlt. Fr Carmel beginnt whrenddessen eine lange und ungewhnliche Reise. Spannend bis zur letzten Zeile erzhlen Beth und Carmel im Wechsel diese zutiefst bewegende Geschichte ber eine Mutter und ihr verloren gegangenes Kind.