I am an award-winning Author, Ghostwriter and Journalist who has spent the past two decades in the UK mass market and book publishing industry.
For six years, I worked as Deputy then Acting Editor of IPC’s weekly Pick Me Up magazine, helping to launch it into the market in 2005 with a debut readership of half a million. It was the most successful magazine launch in a decade and secured the BSME launch of the year in the process. I was named as IPC’s ‘True Life Writer of the Year’ the following year.
I also have five years’ experience working on national newspapers the Daily Express and Daily Mail. I started my career at Fleet Street News Agency aged 21, covering the Old Bailey and other central criminal courts, and writing and selling to the News of the World, the Sun, and all the major national woman’s magazine titles.
Over the past six years, I have concentrated on publishing, writing nine fiction and non-fiction titles. My debut novel, Secrets of the Singer Girls, was bought by Pan Macmillan after a seven-way auction. Senior commissioning editor Caroline Hogg bought UK and Commonwealth rights and described the book as a “truly gripping read”, saying: “Kate Thompson has drawn fantastic characters that go through all the extreme ups and downs of life on the home front: women experiencing their first taste of independence through work, impulsive love affairs blossoming, but also the heartbreak of bombings, deprivation and the spectre of loss at every turn."
Secrets of the Singer Girls became a Sunday Times bestseller when it launched in 2015, with first week sales of over 10,000.
My fourth title for Pan Macmillan, The Allotment Girls, will be published in the spring of 2018.
I am currently working on a non-fiction book uncovering the lives of extraordinary women of wartime East End, whose stories have remained hidden from history.
My agent Diane Banks of Diane Banks Literary Associates says: ' Kate has a wonderful nose for a story, is faultlessly efficient and is a very warm person, making her suitable for sensitive subjects.'
I am a freelance with a current contract with Pan Macmillan to write women's fiction
I write for newspapers, magazines and blogs, I also have a current contract with Pan Macmillan to write historical women's fiction.
Orphan Flossy Brown arrives at Trout's garment factory in Bethnal Green amidst the uncertainty of the Second World War. Flossy is embraced by the colourful characters working at Trout's, who have turned their sewing expertise to vital war work. They fast become the family that Flossy has always longed for. Dolly Doolaney, darling of the East End, and infamous tea lady, helps Flossy settle into... read more
1942. Sixteen-year-old Poppy Percival turns up at the gates of Trout's clothing factory in Bethnal Green with no idea what her new life might have in store. There to start work as a seamstress and struggling to get to grips with the noise, dirt and devastation of East London, Poppy can't help but miss the quiet countryside of home. But Poppy harbours a dark secret - one that wrenched her away ... read more
Author: Jenny SmithPaperbackAn engaging memoir by one of the first women to live at the famous Chiswick Women's Refuge in the 1970s. Smith writes candidly about her 2 years in this extraordinary community of women, in a narrative that covers mental illness, women's changing roles post war, racism and domestic violence.Publisher: Simon & SchusterISBN: 9781471129483
Tuppence for Paper and String
Brenda Ashford was a real-life Mary Poppins. Caring for over one hundred children during her lifetime as a nanny, her charges ranged from the pampered sons and daughters of grand estates or the tough offspring of WWII evacuees in London’s East End. Now, in A Spoonful of Sugar, Britain’s longest-serving nanny shares her endearing, amusing, and sometimes downright bizarre experiences turning gen... read more
Born in 1916 in Norfolk, Mollie Moran is one of the few people still alive today who can recall working "downstairs" in the golden years of the early 1930's before the outbreak of WWII. She provides a rare and fascinating insight into a world that has long since vanished. Mollie left school at age fourteen and became a scullery maid for a wealthy gentleman with a mansion house in London’s Knig... read more
If you liked Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, it's time to discover the reality in Mollie Moran's Sunday Times bestselling memoir, Aprons and Silver Spoons. 'If you love Downton, this is right up your street!' Closer 'This evocative memoir... provides a fascinating insight into a world that has long since disappeared' The Sun 'A vivid, entertaining and human glimpse into life in service... read more
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