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About Kate Griffin

Catherine Webb is a Carnegie Medal-nominated British author.

Her debut, Mirror Dreams, was completed when Catherine was just 14 years old. The book was published under her own name in 2002 by Atom Books. The novel garnered comparisons with Terry Pratchett and Philip Pullman.

Catherine went on to publish a further seven young adult novels under her own name, earning extensive critical acclaim and two Carnegie nominations for her novels Timekeepers and The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle.

Under the open pseudonym Kate Griffin, Webb has published a further six fantasy novels for adults. Dubbed the Matthew Swift and Magicals Anonymous novels, these books are set in an alternate modern-day London saturated with magic.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is the first novel Webb has penned under the pseudonym Claire North. Webb has already written a second novel to be published under the Claire North name entitled Touch – due for release in February 2015.

A lifelong Londoner, Webb describes herself as a fan of big cities, urban magic, Thai food and graffiti-spotting, and she is endlessly fascinated by such questions as who leaves copies of the yellow pages on top of bus shelters, how the hidden tunnels beneath the sorting office were built, and why anyone would ever dispose of perfectly good pairs of shoes by throwing them over the nearest telephone line.

Catherine read History at the London School of Economics, and studied at RADA. In addition to penning novels, Catherine also currently works as a theatre lighting designer.

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