Kate Innes

Rachel
137 books | 94 friends

Stephanie
3,070 books | 690 friends

Garrie ...
194 books | 134 friends

Jennifer
532 books | 53 friends

Anita K...
173 books | 309 friends

Philip ...
281 books | 3,381 friends

Aurora
1,944 books | 145 friends

Louisa ...
490 books | 16 friends

More friends…

Kate Innes

Goodreads Author


Born
London, The United Kingdom
Website

Twitter

Genre

Influences
Helen Dunmore, Barry Unsworth, David Mitchell, Ann Patchett, Mary ...more

Member Since
December 2015

URL



I was born in London, of South African parents, and spent my early life in America. At eighteen, I returned to Britain and studied Archaeology and Teaching. Two years working in rural schools in Zimbabwe helped me to grow up very quickly!

When I returned to Britain, I worked as a Museum Education Officer around the Midlands, and began to write in earnest after the arrival of my three children.

I write about the deep past. My first historical novel- 'The Errant Hours' is based on real events in the 13th century Welsh Marches. It was inspired by the seductive art of illuminated manuscripts and the influential legends of the time. These themes weave together into a story of survival and courage, trickery and love.

“Kate Innes’s glorious first
...more

Kate Innes is currently not accepting new questions.

Popular Answered Questions

Kate Innes There were two things that prompted the story. The first was a small female stone effigy (a type of tombstone) of a woman holding a book, dated to the…moreThere were two things that prompted the story. The first was a small female stone effigy (a type of tombstone) of a woman holding a book, dated to the late 13th century, which is in our local village church. This was probably a heart burial. It was quite common in medieval times for nobles to have organs buried separately, in a place of importance to the deceased. It struck me that the depiction of the plainly dressed woman, smiling and clutching her book expressed very clearly the understanding of books as unique and powerful objects that people had at that time.
The other starting point was a manuscript that I found on a British Library website, a description of the torture and death of the 4th century Saint Margaret. These manuscripts were used as birthing aids, as St Margaret was said to be the patron saint of childbirth. The paintings of the saint are smudged from women repeatedly kissing the image of the saint to beg for a safe delivery of their baby. I found this very intriguing and moving, and knew at once that it was going to be a crucial part of the book.(less)
Kate Innes I trained as an archaeologist originally, and I do find that it is the every day objects and buildings that people used long ago, as well as the…moreI trained as an archaeologist originally, and I do find that it is the every day objects and buildings that people used long ago, as well as the beautiful detailed paintings from centuries past which really fire my imagination. (less)
Average rating: 4.24 · 72 ratings · 27 reviews · 3 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Errant Hours

by
4.15 avg rating — 60 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
All the Winding World (Arro...

by
4.64 avg rating — 11 ratings2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Flocks of Words

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating
Rate this book
Clear rating

* Note: these are all the books on Goodreads for this author. To add more, click here.

Bad Guys Make Good Plots

Battle_of_Courtrai3 Chroniques de France ou de St Denis, BL Royal MS 20 C vii f. 34



Recently I was asked to contribute a guest post to the fabulous ‘History Girls’ Blog. This is a group of best-selling writers of historical content, fiction, non-fiction, for children and adults. Needless to say, I was delighted to be part of it, and here is the blog I wrote – about the necessity of a good villa...

Read more of this blog post »
 •  0 comments  •  flag
Share twitter circle
Published on June 10, 2019 11:02

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

A Gathering of Gh...
Kate Innes is currently reading
by Karen Maitland (Goodreads Author)
bookshelves: currently-reading
Rate this book
Clear rating

 

Kate’s Recent Updates

Kate Innes is now friends with John Burroughs
7975528
Kate Innes rated a book it was amazing
Bearmouth by Liz Hyder
Bearmouth
by Liz Hyder (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating
A highly original, inspiring tale of awakening and courage. It takes only a few pages to become comfortable with the unique language and to identify with the children imprisoned in this hellish mine. From then on, the tension and characterisation ...more
Kate Innes rated a book liked it
Slade House by David Mitchell
Rate this book
Clear rating
Kate Innes rated a book really liked it
Edward II by Kathryn  Warner
Rate this book
Clear rating
Kate Innes rated a book it was amazing
We Remember the Blitz by Frank Shaw
Rate this book
Clear rating
Kate Innes is starting Edward II
Edward II by Kathryn  Warner
Edward II: The Unconventional King
by Kathryn Warner (Goodreads Author)
progress: 
 
Rate this book
Clear rating
Kate Innes rated a book really liked it
A Brief History of the Knights Templar by Helen J. Nicholson
Rate this book
Clear rating
Kate Innes finished reading
A Brief History of the Knights Templar by Helen J. Nicholson
Rate this book
Clear rating
Kate Innes rated a book it was amazing
Mappa Mundi by Sarah Arrowsmith
Rate this book
Clear rating
A fascinating and accessible exploration of this intriguing and important artefact. As a surviving piece of the medieval mind, the Mappa Mundi is both confusing and engaging. Sarah Arrowsmith's book allows the reader to understand both the ...more
Kate Innes is currently reading
A Brief History of the Knights Templar by Helen J. Nicholson
Rate this book
Clear rating
More of Kate's books…
Nelson Mandela
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Nelson Mandela

Stephen King
“Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.”
Stephen King

Wallace Stegner
“Hard writing makes easy reading.”
Wallace Stegner, Crossing to Safety

Astrid Lindgren
“A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.”
Astrid Lindgren

Madeleine L'Engle
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
Madeleine L'Engle

109784 GOOD REVIEWS — 7293 members — last activity 19 hours, 35 min ago
This Group is only for authors who are looking for reviews and Reviewers who love to read books and share their reviews.
54239 Ancient & Medieval Historical Fiction — 5158 members — last activity 3 hours, 54 min ago
The focus of this group is historical fiction set in Ancient and Medieval eras(with some post Medieval), in any geographical location. Preference is ...more
22454 Historical Fictionistas — 10747 members — last activity 35 minutes ago
Welcome to Historical Fictionistas! We want to experience all different kinds of HF with all different kinds of people. The more diverse, the better. ...more



No comments have been added yet.