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Kate Morton

Author of The Forgotten Garden

15+ Works 26,693 Members 1,479 Reviews 108 Favorited

About the Author

Kate Morton was born in South Australia in 1976. She earned a degree in speech and drama from Trinity College London, an English literature degree from the University of Queensland, and a master's degree focusing on tragedy in Victorian literature from the University of Queensland. She also show more completed a summer Shakespeare course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program researching contemporary novels that marry elements of gothic and mystery fiction. She won the Australian Book Industry Award for General Fiction Book of the Year in 2007 for her debut novel, The Shifting Fog, also known as The House at Riverton. Her other books include The Distant Hours, and The Forgotten Garden, which won the Australian Book Industry Award for General Fiction Book of the Year in 2009. Her books The Secret Keeper and The Lake House were New York Times bestsellers. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Kate Morton

The Forgotten Garden (2008) 7,942 copies
The House at Riverton (2006) 5,460 copies
The Distant Hours (2010) 3,738 copies
The Secret Keeper (2012) 3,446 copies
The Clockmaker's Daughter (2018) 2,554 copies
The Lake House (2015) 2,529 copies
Homecoming (2023) 1,005 copies
Kate Morton 3 Book Set (2014) 1 copy
Fear Itself 1 copy
Hjemkomst (2024) 1 copy
No title 1 copy

Associated Works

Wanderlust (2011) — Contributor — 10 copies


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Common Knowledge

Berri, South Australia, Australia
Places of residence
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Tambourine Mountain, Queensland, Australia
Berri, South Australia, Australia
London, England, UK
University of Queensland ( English Literature)
Patterson, Davin (husband)
Patterson, Henry (son)
Patterson, Oliver (son)
Patterson, Louis (son)
Awards and honors
NY Times Best Selling Author
Sunday Times Best Selling Author
Selwa Anthony (Selwa Anthony Author Management)
Short biography
KATE MORTON grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland and lives now with her husband and three young sons in Brisbane. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, specialising in nineteenth-century tragedy and contemporary gothic novels. Kate harboured dreams of joining the Royal Shakespeare Company until she became sidetracked writing novels, and still feels a pang of longing each time she goes to the theatre and the house lights dim.

Kate used to hide to read when she was small, and still believes that reading should be so pleasurable it feels almost illicit. Her favourite novels are the sort that you can disappear inside, and the thing she most likes hearing from readers is that they stayed up far too late turning pages.

Kate Morton has sold over 10 million copies in 26 languages, across 42 countries. The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours, The Secret Keeper and The Lake House have all been number one bestsellers around the world.



SK 39: De Vergeten Tuin - Kate Morton in FF-Leesclub Forum (March 2011)


“The Secret Keeper” follows Laurel on her quest to find out a big secret her mother is keeping. This secret brings us back in time to WWII before and during the London Blitz. As a reader I did get very caught up in the story of Dolly, Vivian , and Jimmy along with Laurel searching for answers in the present day to a war time mystery. A good read and the ending did surprise me !!
Smits | 228 other reviews | Jun 11, 2024 |
A tale woven around the lives of 3 sisters living in an old castle, a women who, as a young girl, went to stay with them during WW2 and her daughter wanting to know about her mother's history and the stories behind the sisters and the castle. Well woven and linked.
ElizabethCromb | 213 other reviews | Jun 9, 2024 |
Belle déception pour ma part. Je pense que tout simplement les romans de Kate Morton ne sont pas pour moi. Je n'adhère pas au rythme qui se veut lent et indolent où l'on mêle l'alternance des époques sans que cela n'apporte quelque chose au récit.

Les personnages me sont apparus sans relief ni grande structure et j'ai eu beaucoup de mal à trouver une quelconque empathie à leur histoire.

Le mystère principal s'étire jusqu'à la dernière ligne et m'a laissé un sentiment de "tout ça pour ça".

C'est bien dommage que les thèmes qui auraient pu être abordés : la rivalité entre soeurs, le féminisme, l'époque révolue de ces domestiques prêts à se vouer corps et âmes à leurs maîtres n'ont pas été plus exploités.

Je n'ai pas retrouvé l'atmosphère brumeuse de ce manoir anglais, ni pris part aux mystères qu'il promettait et je suis passée à côté du destin des différents personnages.

J'ai ressenti beaucoup de froideur dans la plume, de distance avec les personnages et l'univers et je suis ressortie frustrée de ne pas avoir plus aimé ce récit qui pourtant sur le papier avait tout pour me plaire.

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codexastoria | 250 other reviews | Jun 4, 2024 |
I was left wondering what more I should have gotten from Homecoming. It succeeded in being an interesting story of the tragic deaths of a family, and I liked the "book within a book" device. I didn't guess Polly's true identity before it was revealed, so that was a big surprise for me, but overall the characters seemed disappointing to me. Nora wasn't really the loving grandmother figure of Jess' memory, Jess seemed a little lifeless, and Polly was cold and distant. I think there was some deeper meaning to Jess' return to her home in Australia (based on the title of the book), but she didn't exactly find the family connections she was looking for. Jess' return seemed juxtaposed with Isabel's sense of not belonging and isolation in Australia with her husband away for long periods, but she died along with her children just as she had decided to return to England. What were we supposed to understand from that? Family is uncertain and fleeting? Perhaps there was a glimmer of hope at the end that Jess would get to know her true grandfather's family and finally find her "home."

Meg and her Fish Paste which killed the Turner family was a surprise. She was so nice, kind, caring, et al. unless you messed with her man. Who knew Isabel would share it with her kids and, of course, the baby couldn't eat it so she survived. I was fascinated by what could have happened to baby Thea. Never believed she was taken by Dingoes but where was she. When we became aware that Nora wasn't the nice person she passed as, I started to think that she could be involved in Thea's fate, that Polly could be Thea. We were disgusted by Nora's carrying around her dead baby to Council meeting's, everyplace she went, then burying her in the garden and becoming the mother of a new "Polly." Nora was so controlling. When poor Becky recognized the baby Nora was pushing around in the pram was really Thea, she was chastised by everyone but was actually right.
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NMBookClub | 50 other reviews | May 20, 2024 |



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