Kate Morton

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Kate Morton
Morton at a book signing in Barcelona, April 2013
Morton at a book signing in Barcelona, April 2013
Born 1976 (age 38–39)
Berri, South Australia
Occupation author
Nationality Australian
Citizenship Australia
Education Trinity College London
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
University of Queensland
Genres General fiction
Years active 2006–present
Spouse Davin

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.[1][2] Morton's most recent novel, The Secret Keeper, was published in 2012.

Early life and education[edit]

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Literature degree at the University of Queensland, during which time she wrote two full-length manuscripts (which are unpublished) before writing the story that would become the 2006 novel The Shifting Fog (The House at Riverton).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.[2][3]


Morton's novels have been published in 38 countries and sold three million copies.[4]"The House at Riverton was a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in the UK in 2007 and a New York Times bestseller in 2008. The House at Riverton won General Fiction Book of the Year at the 2007 Australian Book Industry Awards, and The House at Riverton was nominated for Most Popular Book at the British Book Awards in 2008. Her second book, The Forgotten Garden, was a #1 bestseller in Australia and a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in the UK in 2008. In 2010, Morton's third novel, The Distant Hours, was released, followed by her fourth, The Secret Keeper, in 2012.



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