Kate Saunders (born 4 May 1960 in London) is an English writer, actress and journalist. The daughter of the early public relations advocate Basil Saunders and his journalist wife Betty (née Smith), Saunders has worked for newspapers and magazines in the UK, including The Sunday Times, Sunday Express, Daily Telegraph, She and Cosmopolitan.
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. She was, with Sandi Toksvig, a guest on the first episode of the long-running news quiz programme Have I Got News for You. 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. 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, who was then editor of the Catholic Herald. Saunders and Stanford later presented a television series based on the book on Channel 4.
- The Prodigal Father (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)
- 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)
- Traverse-Healy, Tim (19 June 1998). "Obituary:Basil Saunders". The Independent.
- Brown, Andrew (9 April 1997). "Obituary: Betty Saunders", The Independent.
- Author Spotlight at Random House.
- author profile at Random House
- HIGNFY – episode 1/1 at Comedy.Co.UK
- 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.
- 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.
- Stanford, Peter (1999). Cardinal Hume and the Changing Face of English Catholicism. A&C Black. 1999. Bibliographic data at Google Books.
- Hebblethwaite, Peter (26 February 1993). "Lorenzo's sister edits Catholic paper". National Jewish Reporter. Archived from the original on 9 August 2013.
- Saunders, Kate; Stanford, Peter (1992). Catholics and Sex: From Purity to Perdition. London: William Heinemann. ISBN 0-434-67246-7.
- "Stanford, Peter". AP Watt. Retrieved 27 November 2006.
- Aled Jones with Good Morning Sunday. BBC. 6 December 2009.
- Kate Saunders at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Kate Saunders at Library of Congress Authorities, with 12 catalogue records
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