Kate grew up in the wild and beautiful Devon countryside. After studying philosophy at Durham University and art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, she worked as an international art consultant. She is married to a pilot, and lives with her family in the Middle East, where she was regional winner of the BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition this year. Her debut novel 'The Beauty Chorus' was inspired by the many hours she spent on airfields in the UK, and the experiences of pilots in her family during WW2. Her second novel about the Spanish Civil War, 'The Perfume Garden', draws upon the years she lived in Spain, and has been published in nine territories. 'The Perfume Garden' was shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year in the UK, and is a European bestseller.THE CHRISTMAS WE MET will be published in the UK in October by Orion, and THE HOUSE OF DREAMS will be published in the US in April.