Kate Summerscale

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Kate Summerscale
Born 1965 (age 52–53)
Occupation Writer and journalist
Nationality British
Alma mater Stanford University
Notable works The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House

Kate Summerscale (born 1965) is an 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.[1] She lives in London with her son.[2]


She is the author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House,[3] 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. Her book on Whicher inspired the 2011-2014 ITV drama series, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, written by Helen Edmundson.[4]

She worked for The Independent and from 1995 to 1996 she wrote and edited obituaries for The Daily Telegraph.[5] She also worked as literary editor of The Daily Telegraph.[6][7] Her articles have appeared in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph.[8]

She has also judged various literary competitions including the Booker Prize in 2001.[9]

Awards and prizes[edit]


  • 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)
  • The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer (29 Apr 2016)


  1. ^ Whalecay.net Archived June 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Bloomsbury page on Kate Summerscale". Bloomsbury.com. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  3. ^ Kate Summerscale: the perfect crime story, The Daily Telegraph, Sarah Crompton, 21 July 2008
  4. ^ http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/itv-recommissions-suspicions-mr-whicher
  5. ^ "Harperperennial.co.uk". Harperperennial.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  6. ^ Kate Summerscale wins Samuel Johnson Prize[dead link]
  7. ^ "Q & A with Kate Summerscale". Blogs.raincoast.com. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  8. ^ "Kate Summserscale's articles at". Journalisted.com. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  9. ^ "The Man Booker Prize 2001". themanbookerprize.com. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c "The Samuel Johnson Prize 2008". thebailliegiffordprize.co.uk. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  11. ^ "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". Bouchercon.info. 2003-10-02. Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  12. ^ "Royal Society of Literature All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "Edgar Allan Poe winners" (PDF). theedgars.com. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 

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