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Kate Williams

Kate studied her BA at Somerville College, Oxford where she was a College Scholar and received the Violet Vaughan Morgan University Scholarship. She then took her MA at Queen Mary, University of London and her DPhil at Oxford, where she received a graduate prize. She also took an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway. She now teaches at Royal Holloway.

Her first book, England's Mistress: the Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton was published in 2006, after five years of research in archives across the world. It was Book of the Week on Radio 4, a Book of the Year in the Times and the Independent and shortlisted for the Marsh Prize for Biography. Kate writes features and comment pieces for various newspapers and magazines, including the Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Telegraph, the Independent, the Spectator, Time Out, BBC History Magazine and History Today. She reviews history books for History Today and BBC History Magazine and fiction for the Financial Times and Mslexia.

Genres: Historical
De Witt Family
   1. The Storms of War (2014)
   2. The Edge of the Fall (2015)
   3. The House of Shadows (2018)
     aka Into the Darkness
Non fiction
   The Ring and the Crown (2011) (with Tracy Borman, Sarah Gristwood and Alison Weir)
   Young Elizabeth (2012)
   Josephine (2013)
   Ambition and Desire (2014)
   Emma Hamilton (2016) (with Quintin Colville)
   Rival Queens (2018)
     aka The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots
Kate Williams recommends
The Misbegotten (2013)
Katherine Webb
"A wonderful book, gripping plot, unforgettable characters... Webb has a true gift for uncovering the mysteries of the human heart and exploring the truth of love. A detective story you can't put down, heart-stopping suspense and a heroine who will stay with you long after you close the book - what more could you want?"
The Butterfly Summer (2016)
Harriet Evans
"Moving, gripping, heartbreaking."
The King's Witch (2018)
(Frances Gorges Historical Trilogy, book 1)
Tracy Borman
"Exquisitely written, sumptuous in detail and thrillingly plotted, The King’s Witch takes you deep into the darkness of the early Jacobean Court and into the heart of the wonderful, unforgettable Lady Frances. The first of what promises to be a magnificent trilogy."
The Familiars (2019)
Stacey Halls
"A wonderful novel, enthralling, spellbinding, terrifying, full of twists and turns, written with heart and style - and the final chapters will have you racing to the end. A brilliant novel about a true story - and a real mystery."

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