Kate Morton

  Female      Australian      Author

About Author

Kate Morton (born 1976) is an Australian author, who has enjoyed domestic and international success with her novels The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden and The Distant Hours. Morton's most recent novel, The Secret Keeper, was published in 2012.

Morton is the eldest 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 for her English Literature degree at the University of Queensland, during which time she wrote two full-length manuscripts (which are unpublished) before writing the story that would become the 2006 novel The Shifting Fog (The House at Riverton).

Following this she obtained a scholarship and completed a Master's degree focussing on tragedy in Victorian literature. She is currently enrolled in a PhD program researching contemporary novels that marry elements of gothic and mystery fiction.

Kate Morton is married to Davin, a jazz musician and composer, and they have three children; they live in the Brisbane suburb of Paddington...

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