Morton at a book signing in Barcelona, April 2013
|Born||1976 (age 38–39)
Berri, South Australia
|Education||Trinity College London
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
University of Queensland
Kate Morton (born 1976) is an international bestselling Australian author. Morton has sold more than 10 million books in 38 countries, making her one of Australia's "biggest publishing exports". The award-winning author has written five novels: The House at Riverton (The Shifting Fog), The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours,The Secret Keeper, and The Lake House, which was published in October 2015.
Early life and education
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 in English Literature at the University of Queensland (1999) and won a scholarship to complete a Master's degree focussing on tragedy in Victorian literature. During her undergraduate studies she wrote two full-length manuscripts (which are unpublished) before writing The House at Riverton (The Shifting Fog), which was published in 2006.
The House at Riverton (The Shifting Fog): Sunday Times #1 bestseller, New York Times bestseller, General Fiction Book of the Year at the 2007 Australian Book Industry Awards, and nominated for Most Popular Book at the British Book Awards in 2008.
The Forgotten Garden: #1 bestseller in Australia, Sunday Times #1 bestseller, winner of the ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year (2009), longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (2010).
The Secret Keeper: Sunday Times #1 bestseller, New York Times bestseller, winner of the General Fiction Book of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards (2013), winner of the Christina Stead Award, Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards (2012), winner of The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year (2013).
- 2006: The House at Riverton (also known as The Shifting Fog)
- 2008: The Forgotten Garden
- 2010: The Distant Hours
- 2012: The Secret Keeper
- 2015: The Lake House
- "Author Kate Morton cracks sales of 10 million books worldwide". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
- "Gothic delight" by Rosemary Sorensen, The Australian (30 October 2010).
- "A Writer's Life - Alumni and Community - The University of Queensland, Australia". www.alumni.uq.edu.au. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
- Kate Morton – Contact.