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Kate Winter
Writers for Readers Andrew Martin
Kate Winter is a journalist, novelist and storyteller from the North West of Ireland who was lucky enough to grow up with no TV (though she didn’t consider it a lucky break at the time) and lots of books. After graduating from the University of UIster with first class honours and the Ulster Television Award for her BA in Media Studies, Kate promptly forged a glittering career for herself in waitressing.
Andrew Martin is the author of numerous articles, and books of both fiction and non-fiction. He grew up and was educated in York. After qualifying as a barrister, he won The Spectator Young Writer of the Year Award for 1988, which deflected him into a writing career. After holding staff jobs on several papers and magazines, he became a freelance journalist in which capacity he has tended
to write about the north, class, trains, seaside towns and eccentric individuals rather than the doings of the famous, although he did once loop the loop in a biplane with Gary Numan.
On his love for trains: As the son of a railwayman, I grew up entitled to free first-class rail travel. If at all bored as a 13-year-old in York, I’d take the train to London, sitting in my trainers and jeans alongside indignant or at best bemused pin-striped businessmen. I spent a lot of time daydreaming on trains, and hence my series of historical thrillers featuring the Edwardian railwayman, Jim Stringer.
A brilliant murder mystery set in Edwardian London about a railway line that runs only to a massive cemetery Mirror
A classy potboiler . . . in the best formal traditions of Dickens and Collins (let alone Christie and Chandler) The Times
Her first novel, The Happy Ever Afterlife Of Rosie Potter (RIP) is part whodunit, part chick lit, part ghost story, and all pure entertainment, it’s a wickedly funny ride with a romantic and wistful undertone
On taking the journey from journalism to writing a book: I’ve been writing fiction since I was tiny. In fact, before I could write I used to steal my father’s dictaphone and hide in a dark room, whispering tales of intrigue and princesses and things that lived in the chilly recesses of the fridge into it.
Funny and entertaining Irish Country magazine
A hauntingly good read . . . pure entertainment, it’s a wickedly
funny ride with a romantic undertone Press Association
What we’re reading . . .
Set in 1950, The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths revolves around Inspector Edgar Stephens’ efforts to solve the murder of a woman murdered and cut in three, just like the magic trick The Zig Zag. As the bodies pile up it becomes apparent that the murders are linked to Ed’s wartime activities as one of the Magic Men – a special unit set up to confuse the enemy with sleight of hand and optical illusions.
Jefferson Winter, criminal profiler and investigator extraordinaire, is back and this time he’s freelance. What makes him different is his father was a serial killer . . . Watch Me by James Carol is a masterpiece of a thriller that is fast paced and keeps you guessing all the way to the end.
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