Katie Fforde

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Catherine Rose Gordon-Cumming Fforde
BornCatherine Rose Gordon-Cumming
(1952-09-27) September 27, 1952 (age 70)
Wimbledon, London, England, UK
Pen nameKatie Fforde
SpouseDesmond Fforde (1972-Present)

Katie Fforde, née Catherine Rose Gordon-Cumming (born 27 September 1952), is a British romance novelist. Published since 1995, her romance novels are set in modern-day England.

She is founder of the Katie Fforde Bursary for writers who have yet to secure a publishing contract. She was for many years a committee member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and was elected its twenty-fifth chairman (2009–2011) and later its fourth president. In June 2010 she was announced as a patron of the UK's first National Short Story Week.[1] In 2016, she launched the Stroud Contemporary Fiction Writing Competition as part of the first Stroud Book Festival.[2]


Catherine Rose Gordon-Cumming was born on 27 September 1952 in Wimbledon, London, the daughter of Shirley Barbara Laub and Michael Willoughby Gordon-Cumming. Her grandfather was Sir William Gordon-Cumming. Her sister is fellow writer Jane Gordon-Cumming.

In 1972, she married Desmond Fforde, the nephew of banker John Standish Fforde and cousin of fellow writer Jasper Fforde. She has three children: Guy, Francis and Briony, and did not start writing until after the birth of her third child. She writes under her married name.[3]

Fforde has lived near Stroud, Gloucestershire for over twenty years.

Many of Fforde's own experiences end up in her books. Her novel Going Dutch was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller in June 2007. Fforde takes the research for her books seriously, employing a 'method acting'-style approach to the different professions and backgrounds featured in her novels, using experiences such as being a porter in an auction house, making pottery, refurbishing furniture, examining the processes behind a dating website, and going on a Ray Mears survival course.[4]


Fforde is the author of a number of works.[5]


  • Living Dangerously (1995)
  • The Rose Revived (1995)
  • Wild Designs (1996)
  • Stately Pursuits (1997)
  • Life Skills (1999)
  • Thyme Out (2000) aka Second Thyme Around
  • Artistic Licence (2001)
  • Highland Fling (2002)
  • Paradise Fields (2003)
  • Restoring Grace (2004)
  • Flora's Lot (2005) a.k.a. Bidding for Love
  • Practically Perfect (2006)
  • Going Dutch (2007)
  • Wedding Season (2008)
  • Love Letters (2009)
  • A Perfect Proposal (2010)
  • Summer of Love (2011)
  • The Undercover Cook (2012)
  • Recipe for Love (2012)
  • Best of Romance (2012)
  • Staying Away at Christmas (2012)
  • A French Affair (2013)
  • The Perfect Match (2014)
  • A Vintage Wedding (2015)
  • Christmas like in a Picture Book (2016)
  • A Summer at Sea (2016)
  • Candlelight at Christmas (2016)
  • Winter Collection (2016)
  • Meeting for Christmas (2016)
  • Christmas in the Distance (2016)
  • Christmas by the Fire (2016)
  • A Secret Garden (2017)
  • A Summer by the Sea: can you be a girlfriend on vacation? (2017)
  • A Country Escape (2018)
  • A Summer by the Sea (2018)
  • A Garden full of Flowers (2018)
  • A Rose Petal Summer (2019)
  • The Cottage (2019)
  • Country House with Views / A Love in the Highlands (2019)
  • Christmas Magic in the Cabin (2019)
  • A Springtime Affair (2020)
  • A Wedding in the Country (2021)
  • A Wedding in Provence (2022)

Anthologies edited[edit]

  • Loves Me, Loves Me Not (2009)
  • A Christmas Feast and Other Stories (2014)
  • The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories (2017)



Fforde's novels[clarify] have been adapted into a series of German TV films. Unlike the novels, the TV films are shot in the Northeastern United States.


  1. ^ Katie Fforde: Patron of National Short Story Week, Nationalshortstoryweek.org.uk, archived from the original on 9 March 2012, retrieved 22 February 2010
  2. ^ Katie Fforde: Contemporary Fiction Writing Competition, stroudfestival.org, retrieved 8 March 2017
  3. ^ Lundy, Darryl (12 June 2011), Catherine Rose Gordon-Cumming, Thepeerage.com[unreliable source]
  4. ^ Isis Publishing, isis-publishing.co.uk, retrieved 8 March 2017
  5. ^ Katie Fforde, Fantasticfiction.co.uk, retrieved 20 January 2010

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