The Queen of Whale Cay was a Times number one bestseller. It has been optioned for film, and translation rights have been sold in several countries.For fans of Conan Doyle, Wilkie Collins and Agatha ChristieRights on Whicher have been sold in Spain, Russia, Germany, France, Italy and the USA
Kate Summerscale was born in 1965. She is the author of the bestselling The Queen of Whale Cay, which won a Somerset Maugham award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread biography award. She has also judged various literary competitions including the Booker Prize. She lives in London with her five-year-old son.
'It is a beautiful piece, written with great lucidity and respect for the reader, and with immaculate restraint. A classic, to my mind, of the finest documentary writing.' John Le Carre 'A pacy analysis of a true British murder case from 1860, the unravelling of which involved one of the earliest Scotland Yard detectives and inspired sensation novelists such as Dickens and Wilkie Collins ... Absolutely riveting' Sarah Waters, Guardian 'Summerscale has constructed nothing less than a masterpiece ... My shelves are stacked with books about crime, but none more satisfying than this' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday 'Sparse, melancholy, beautifully written ... the year's most beguiling biography' Independent