Catherine Webb

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Catherine Webb
Born 1986 (age 27–28)
Occupation Novelist
Genre Fantasy, Adventure
Notable works Timekeepers; The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle; A Madness of Angels

Catherine Webb (born 1986) is a British author, educated at the Godolphin and Latymer School, London, and the London School of Economics. She was 14 years old when she completed Mirror Dreams, which was written during her school holidays.[citation needed] Her father is author and publisher Nick Webb, and he suggested she should send the manuscript to an agent he knew, who eventually offered to represent her.[citation needed] The book was published in 2002 by Atom Books, part of Time Warner (now Hachette Book Group), and Webb was named Young Trailblazer of the Year by the magazine CosmoGirl UK.[citation needed] She has published eight young adult novels, all with Atom Books, and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from which she graduated in 2010.[1]

Webb prides herself on the scientific and historical accuracy of her Horatio Lyle books.[citation needed] A lifelong Londoner, she enjoys walking through the areas she describes in her books — Bethnal Green, Clerkenwell, and along the River Thames — comparing the city of London as it is now to how it was at various times in the past.[citation needed] She appeared in CosmoGirl in 2006/7 in an interview and inspired many young writers to try to get their works published.[citation needed] She also appeared in online interviews with CBBC and nzgirl when she was 15,[citation needed] and also with the Telegraph, which described her as a teen queen.[2]

Catherine Webb also writes fantasy novels for adults under the name Kate Griffin.[1] As Claire North, she has written one science-fiction novel.[3]


  • Mirror Dreams (2002)
  • Mirror Wakes (2003)
  • Waywalkers (2003)
  • Timekeepers (2004)
  • The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle (2006)
  • The Obsidian Dagger: Being the Further Extraordinary Adventures of Horatio Lyle (2006)
  • The Doomsday Machine: Another Astounding Adventure of Horatio Lyle (2008)
  • The Dream Thief: An Extraordinary Horatio Lyle Mystery (2010)[4]

As Kate Griffin

  • A Madness of Angels (2009)
  • The Midnight Mayor (2010)
  • The Neon Court (2011)
  • The Minority Council (1 March 2012)[5]
  • Stray Souls (18 September 2012)[6]
  • The Glass God (9 July 2013)[7]

As Claire North

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (2014)[8]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2005, Timekeepers nominated for the Carnegie Medal[9]
  • 2006, The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle nominated for the Carnegie Medal[10]


  1. ^ a b Kate Griffin: Urban Magic
  2. ^ Telegraph Family book club: Exploits of a Teen Queen : 4 March 2006
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  4. ^ The Dream Thief - Little, Brown Book Group, retrieved 2010-04-06 
  5. ^ The Minority Council - Little, Brown Book Group, retrieved 2011-12-14 
  6. ^ Kate Griffin's Stray Souls Cover Art, Synopsis and Release Date Reveal, retrieved 2012-08-21 
  7. ^ Kate Griffin - The Glass God Cover Art and synopsis, retrieved 2012-12-31 
  8. ^ The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, retrieved 2014-05-11 
  9. ^ Carnegie Press Desk : 4 March 2005
  10. ^ Carnegie Press Desk : 20 November 2006

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