Kate Saunders

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Kate Saunders (born 4 May 1960 in London) is an English writer, actress and journalist some of her books such as 5 children on the western front have been getting awards (see below). The daughter of the early public relations advocate Basil Saunders[1] and his journalist wife Betty (née Smith),[2] Saunders has worked for newspapers and magazines in the UK, including The Sunday Times, Sunday Express, Daily Telegraph, She and Cosmopolitan.[3]

She has also been a regular contributor to radio and television, with appearances on the Radio 4 programmes Woman's Hour, Start the Week and Kaleidoscope.[4] She was, with Sandi Toksvig, a guest on the first episode of the long-running news quiz programme Have I Got News for You.[5] The BBC children's series Belfry Witches was based on her series of children's books about two mischief-making witches.

Saunders won the annual Costa Children's Book Award for Five Children on the Western Front (2014), a contribution to the classic fantasy series that E. Nesbit inaugurated in 1902 with Five Children and It.[6][7] She was also a contributor to the authorised Winnie-the-Pooh sequel, The Best Bear in All the World.

She has written many novels, such as Wild Young Bohemians, and also co-wrote Catholics and Sex (1992) with Peter Stanford,[8] who was then editor of the Catholic Herald.[9][10] Saunders and Stanford later presented a television series based on the book on Channel 4.[11]

Saunders' acting work includes an appearance as a policewoman dated by Rodney Trotter in an episode of Only Fools and Horses in 1982.[12]

Selected books[edit]


  • The Prodigal Father (1986) - Won The Betty Trask Award in 1986
  • Storm in the Citadel (1989)
  • Night Shall Overtake Us (1993)
  • Wild Young Bohemians (1995)
  • Lily-Josephine (1998)
  • The Marrying Game (2002)
  • Bachelor Boys (2004)
  • Crooked Castle (2013)
  • Mariana (2013)
  • The Secrets of Wishtide (2016)

Children's books[edit]

  • A Spell of Witches (1999)
  • The Belfry Witches (omnibus) (2003)
  • Cat and the Stinkwater War (2003)
  • The Little Secret (2006)
  • Beswitched (2010)
  • Magicalamity (2011)
  • The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop (2012)
  • Five Children on the Western Front (2014)
  • The Land of Neverendings (2017)


  1. ^ Traverse-Healy, Tim (19 June 1998). "Obituary:Basil Saunders". The Independent.
  2. ^ Brown, Andrew (9 April 1997). "Obituary: Betty Saunders", The Independent.
  3. ^ Author Spotlight at Random House.
  4. ^ author profile at Random House
  5. ^ HIGNFY – episode 1/1 at Comedy.Co.UK
  6. ^ Vincent, Alice (5 January 2015). "Wartime adaptation of Five Children and It wins in Costa Book Award categories". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-01-20.
  7. ^ Five Children Universe – Series Bibliography. ISFDB. Retrieved 2015-01-20. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
  8. ^ Stanford, Peter (1999). Cardinal Hume and the Changing Face of English Catholicism. A&C Black. 1999. Bibliographic data at Google Books.
  9. ^ Hebblethwaite, Peter (26 February 1993). "Lorenzo's sister edits Catholic paper". National Jewish Reporter. Archived from the original on 9 August 2013.
  10. ^ Saunders, Kate; Stanford, Peter (1992). Catholics and Sex: From Purity to Perdition. London: William Heinemann. ISBN 0-434-67246-7.
  11. ^ "Stanford, Peter". AP Watt. Retrieved 27 November 2006.
  12. ^ Aled Jones with Good Morning Sunday. BBC. 6 December 2009.

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