Catherine Webb

Catherine, who also writes as Kate Griffin and Claire North, had her first novel published when she was fifteen. After four fantasy novels, she went on to write a series of children's novels featuring Horatio Lyle and his two accomplices (a poor little rich boy and a girl thief - and his dog Tate). As Kate Griffin, she moved on to a series of urban fantasy novels about London's 'Midnight Mayor', Matthew Swift. The latest of these is Stray Souls.

Most recently, as Claire North, she has written The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. This was a Richard and Judy selection in August 2014 and also chosen for the W H Smith Book Club. Film/TV rights are under option to Blueprint Pictures. Since then, as Claire North, she has written Touch and The Sudden Appearance of Hope, as well as a trilogy of novellas called Gameshouse. Catherine has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award for her novel The End of the Day as Claire North. Her novel The Sudden Appearance of Hope as Claire North won the award for Best Novel at the 2017 World Fantasy Awards. In 2017, she was short-listed for the Sunday Times / PFD Young Writer of the Year Award.