Morton at BookExpo America in 2018
|Born||1976 (age 44–45)|
Berri, South Australia
|Education||Trinity College London|
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
University of Queensland
Kate Morton (born 1976) is an international bestselling Australian author. Morton has sold more than 11 million books in 42 countries, making her one of Australia's "biggest publishing exports". The award-winning author has written six novels: The House at Riverton (The Shifting Fog), The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours, The Secret Keeper, The Lake House, and The Clockmaker's Daughter (published in September 2018).
Early life and education
Morton is the oldest of three sisters. Her family moved several times before settling on Tamborine Mountain where she attended a small country school. She enjoyed reading books from an early age, her favourites being those by Enid Blyton.
She completed a Licentiate in Speech and in Drama from Trinity College London and then a summer Shakespeare course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Later she earned first-class honours in English Literature at the University of Queensland (1999) and won a scholarship to complete a master's degree focussing on tragedy in Victorian literature. During her undergraduate studies she wrote two full-length manuscripts (which are unpublished) before writing The House at Riverton (The Shifting Fog), which was published in 2006.
The House at Riverton (The Shifting Fog): Sunday Times #1 bestseller, New York Times bestseller, Winner - Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year 2007, General Fiction Book of the Year at the 2007 Australian Book Industry Awards, and nominated for Most Popular Book at the British Book Awards in 2008. Sainsbury's Popular Fiction Award Best Novel nominee (2008), Nielsen Gold Book Award 2010, Golden Pan Award UK 1,000,000 copies sold, Indie Next Outstanding Debut Winter 2009.
The Forgotten Garden: New York Times bestseller, Sunday Times #1 bestseller, #1 bestseller Spain, Spiegel bestseller, winner of the ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year (2009), longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (2010).
The Distant Hours: New York Times bestseller, #1 bestseller Spain, #1 bestseller Ireland Spiegel bestseller, (commended) Christina Stead Award, Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards (2010).
The Secret Keeper: Sunday Times bestseller, New York Times bestseller, Spiegel bestseller, El País bestseller, winner of the General Fiction Book of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards (2013), winner of the Christina Stead Award, Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards (2012), winner of The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year (2013).
The Clockmaker's Daughter: New York Times bestseller, Sunday Times Bestseller, #1 bestseller in Australia, #1 bestseller Canada.
- 2006: The House at Riverton (also known as The Shifting Fog)
- 2008: The Forgotten Garden
- 2010: The Distant Hours
- 2012: The Secret Keeper
- 2015: The Lake House
- 2018: The Clockmaker's Daughter
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- Crown, Sarah (27 December 2007). "Richard and Judy unveil their 2008 Book Club". Theguardian.com. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
- Sorensen, Rosemary. "Gothic delight". The Australian. Archived from the original on 4 November 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
- "The Clockmaker's Daughter". Booktopia.com.au. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
- "A Writer's Life - Alumni and Community - The University of Queensland, Australia". www.alumni.uq.edu.au. Archived from the original on 8 January 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
- Kate Morton – Contact Katemorton.com