Katherine Webb

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I was born in Kent in 1977 and grew up in rural Hampshire before reading History at Durham University. History remains a passion, and I write character-led mystery dramas, often with historical settings. I love to explore the way past events can reverberate in the present, and I'm fascinated by the vast grey areas in human morality and behaviour.

My debut novel 'The Legacy' was voted viewers' choice for Best Summer Read on the Channel 4 TV Book Club in 2010, and was nominated for Best New Writer at the National Book Awards in the same year. Subsequently, 'The Unseen','A Half Forgotten Song' and 'The Misbegotten' were all Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers, and my books have been translated into 24 languages around the world.

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Katherine Webb Hi Christine, thanks for your question, and I'm glad you've been enjoying my books! I generally start to write with a good 'reveal' in mind, and I…moreHi Christine, thanks for your question, and I'm glad you've been enjoying my books! I generally start to write with a good 'reveal' in mind, and I then structure the story around that central mystery. It's important that I have it worked out from the word go, so that I can drop little hints and red herrings, and keep readers guessing right to the very end. Sometimes, this does evolve and change as I'm writing the book - I think of a better outcome, or a more dramatic twist, and I'll have to go back and rewrite some parts, and add a few things in. But usually, I set out with the destination in mind. KWx(less)
Katherine Webb Hi Laura, thank you for your question. I think creating a vivid setting is crucial to the atmosphere of a story, so I really focus on doing exactly…moreHi Laura, thank you for your question. I think creating a vivid setting is crucial to the atmosphere of a story, so I really focus on doing exactly that - and I'm glad you find the books immersive! That's exactly what I'm after.

Wherever I can, I travel to the places I'm writing about . The exception was when I wrote The Legacy - I have never been to Oklahoma, and I couldn't afford to make such a long trip for research. I had been to Montana and Wyoming, so I had an idea of the vastness and beauty of those rural states of America. I added to that by reading as much as I could about life there at the time I was writing, and this is also what I do for all my books. First hand accounts are best, and books written at the time I'm setting a story also give useful pointers about vocabulary and turns of phrase at use in the era. Fiction written at the time is also useful. But nothing beats actually visiting a place for then being able to recreate in writing its sights, smells, sounds and life.

For my next book, I'm currently reading everything I can find about the history of Oman, particularly the history of British involvement there, and I'll be travelling out there in a few weeks' time...

Best wishes, KW x(less)
Average rating: 3.74 · 16,135 ratings · 1,828 reviews · 12 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Legacy

3.69 avg rating — 7,449 ratings — published 2010 — 7 editions
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The Unseen

3.71 avg rating — 3,063 ratings — published 2011 — 35 editions
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A Half Forgotten Song

3.86 avg rating — 2,369 ratings — published 2012 — 38 editions
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The Misbegotten

3.88 avg rating — 1,734 ratings — published 2013 — 25 editions
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The Hiding Places

3.98 avg rating — 457 ratings — published 2017 — 17 editions
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The English Girl

3.68 avg rating — 525 ratings — published 2016 — 15 editions
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The Night Falling

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“Es fácil olvidar la claridad con que ven las cosas los niños.”
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“La he amado desde el instante en que la vi.”
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“What these other fellows don't seem to know, you see, is that it's not how hard you can hit that'll win you the fight, it's how hard you can be hit,”
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Cathy Thanks for adding me Katherine. Did I really miss another Pancake Tuesday? I always realize this on Ash Wednesday!


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