Kate Summerscale (born 1965) is an award-winning English writer and journalist.
Summerscale was brought up in Japan, England and Chile. After attending Bedales School (1978–1983), she took a double-first at Oxford University and an MA in journalism from Stanford University. She lives in London with her son.
She is the author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House, based on a real-life crime committed by Constance Kent and investigated by Jack Whicher, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction 2008, and the bestselling The Queen of Whale Cay, about Joe Carstairs, 'fastest woman on water', which won a Somerset Maugham Award in 1998 and was shortlisted for the 1997 Whitbread Awards for biography.
She formerly worked for The Independent and from 1995 to 1996 she wrote and edited obituaries for The Daily Telegraph. She is the former literary editor of The Daily Telegraph. Her articles have appeared in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph.
She has also judged various literary competitions including the Booker Prize in 2001.
Awards and prizes
- 1997 Whitbread Award (for biography), shortlist, The Queen of Whale Cay
- 1998 Somerset Maugham Award, winner, The Queen of Whale Cay
- 2008 Samuel Johnson Prize, winner, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House
- 2009 Anthony Awards (Best Critical / Non-fiction Work), shortlist, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House
- 2010 Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature 
- The Queen of Whale Cay, Fourth Estate, August 1997
- The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House, Bloomsbury, April 2008
- Mrs Robinson's Disgrace (2012)
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- "Royal Society of Literature All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 10 August 2010.