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Kate Morton grew up in the mountains of southeast Queensland, Australia. She has degrees in Dramatic Art and English Literature and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Queensland. Kate lives with her husband and two young sons in Brisbane.

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Kate Morton grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland and lives now with her husband and young sons in Brisbane. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, specializing in nineteenth-century tragedy and contemporary gothic novels. Kate has sold over 9 million copies of her novels in 26 languages, across 38 countries. The Shifting Fog, published internationally as The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours and The Secret Keeper have all been number one bestsellers around the world.


Australian author Morton's ( third novel, following the international best seller The Forgotten Garden (2009)-also available from Bolinda Audio and read by actress Caroline Lee-is another intergenerational story, this one centering on two families: the Blythes of Milderhurst Castle and the Burchills, from working-class London. While researching a children's novel, Edie Burchill is led to the idiosyncratic Blythe sisters, now quite elderly, who had resided at Milderhurst when her mother, Meredith, was sent there to escape the blitz during World War II. A subplot involving the disappearance of Meredith's teacher as he was about to report for duty adds romantic intrigue. Lee tries, mostly successfully, to differentiate between the Blythes' aristocratic manner of speech and the lower-class dialect of the Burchills. Recommended where Jane Eyre is popular. [See Major Audio Releases, LJ 10/15/10; the Atria: S. & S. hc received a starred review, LJ 11/1/10; the Washington Square pb will publish in July 2011.-Ed.]-Sandy Glover, Camas P.L., WA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kate Morton has a devoted fan-base who will not be disappointed with her latest offering. The Distant Hours draws readers into a fantastical world that will feel like home to those who grew up with Enid Blyton and Lewis Carroll, and later progressed to the Brontes and Ian McEwan. The reader is guided by Edie as she uncovers the tragedies of the past, etched into Milderhurst Castle, and the lives of those who have fallen in love with it. It's a story of letters: it begins with some correspondence sent in 1941, which only reaches its intended recipient in 1992. It ignites a curiosity for a family whose patriarch is haunted by a story he created and an ethereal daughter who has a great power over the English language. The Distant Hours is an engrossing tale full of secrets waiting to be told. It is sure to follow the success of Morton's previous novels, The Shifting Fog and The Forgotten Garden, and is an ideal gift for mums and good friends this Christmas. Kimberley Allsopp is a bookseller at Dymocks in Brisbane

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