Best Selling Author of The Rose of Sebastopol and The Crimson Rooms

‘Irreducibly delicate and tough-minded.’  The TES

Katharine’s emerging theme, through nine novels, is women and their historical struggle to find a voice.  She has gained inspiration from astonishing women ranging from Mary Ward, whose family was intimately entwined with the Gunpowder Plot, to Carrie Morrison, the first woman to qualify as a solicitor.  Browse this website to discover the women behind the fiction.

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The sequel to The Crimson Rooms, featuring Evelyn Gifford, pioneering woman lawyer.

Aside from her work as a writer and teacher, Katharine is immersed in the criminal justice system through her experience as a magistrate, has served on the Sentencing Council of England and Wales, and is a Judicial Appointments Commissioner.  She is a project manager for the Royal Literary Fund, developing schemes that enable writers to share their communication skills through running work-place workshops on excellent writing.  She has helped develop a pioneering scheme called Reading Round, in which writers run round-table reading groups in their local communities.

She has appeared on Radio Four’s Today Programme and Woman’s Hour and numerous literary festivals and events on historical fiction.