Summerscale, Kate

Introductory Notes


Kate Summerscale, born in 1965, studied English at Oxford and received an MA in communications from Stanford. She worked at two newspapers, the Independent and the Daily Telegraph, in the United Kingdom. 

Her first book, The Queen of Whale Cay (originally published in 1997 and reissued in paperback by Bloomsbury in May 2012), won a Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography Award. Her second book, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2008), received the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. 

Summerscale lives in London with her son. 





Books by Kate Summerscale


The Queen of Whale Cay (1997; rpt. 2012)

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2008)

Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady (2012)


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