GIVEAWAY: The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

Kate Morton fans – we have a pre-release copy of The Distant Hours to giveaway, courtesy of the great people at Allen and Unwin!  Kate is the bestselling author of The Forgotten Garden and The Shifting Fog.  Her third novel, The Distant Hours, will be released in November.

To win the book, all that we want you to do is to provide one fact about Kate Morton and her books via a blog comment below. One of our ‘commenters’ will win the book.  Entries close Friday 1 October at 5pm AEST.

About The Distant Hours

It started with a letter. A letter that had been lost for a long time, waiting out half a century, stifling summer after cooling winter, in a forgotten postal bag in the dim attic of a nondescript house in Bermondsey …Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Millderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her Mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret. Evacuated from London as a thirteen year old girl, Edie’s mother is chosen by the mysterious Juniper Blythe, and taken to live at Millderhurst Castle with the Blythe family: Juniper, her twin sisters and their father, Raymond, author of the 1920s children’s classic, The True History of the Mud Man. In the grand and glorious Millderhurst Castle, a new world opens up for Edie’s mother. She discovers the joys of books and fantasy and writing, but also, ultimately, the dangers. Fifty years later, as Edie chases the answers to her mother’s riddle, she, too, is drawn to Millderhurst Castle and the eccentric Sisters Blythe. Old ladies now, the three still live together, the twins nursing Juniper, whose abandonment by her fiance in 1941 plunged her into madness. Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother’s past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Millderhurst Castle, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. The truth of what happened in the distant hours has been waiting a long time for someone to find it.

Kate is the bestselling author of The Forgotten Garden and The Shifting Fog.  Her third novel, The Distant Hours, will be released in November.

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Clayton Wehner

Clayton is the founder and managing director of Boomerang Books. In a past life, Clayton worked for 12 years as an intelligence officer in the Australian Army and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon and holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science and a Master of Management Studies (Human Resource Management) from the UNSW. He is also a trained Indonesian linguist and served with the United Nations in East Timor as an interpreter/translator.

82 thoughts on “GIVEAWAY: The Distant Hours by Kate Morton”

  1. Kate Morton is the eldest of three sisters. She was born in South Australia and moved with her family numerous times before settling, finally, on Tamborine Mountain. There she attended a tiny country school and spent much of her childhood inventing and playing games of make-believe with her sisters.

  2. Kate has published:
    The House at Riverton * The Shifting Fog and The Forgotten Garden.

    Coming soon:
    The Distant Hours and Miscellanea

  3. KATE SAYS: “When I was small, I always hid to read. I couldn’t shake the feeling that because reading was so pleasurable, it must somehow be illicit.”

  4. “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett was one of Kate Morton’s favourite books as a child.
    When writing “The House at Riverton: The Shifting Fog” she was inspired by English country house non-fiction – like the Mitford family.

  5. When Kate’s Nana turned twenty one, her beloved father told her that she wasn’t his biological child.

  6. Before writing, “The Shifting Fog (The House at Riverton),” Kate Morton completed two previous manuscripts.

  7. She was born in South Australia and moved with her family numerous times before settling, finally, on Tamborine Mountain

  8. Kate attended a tiny country school and spent much of her childhood inventing and playing games of make-believe with her sisters.

  9. She said that “When I was small, I always hid to read. I couldn’t shake the feeling that because reading was so pleasurable, it must somehow be illicit.”

  10. She completed a Licentiate in Speech and Drama from Trinity College London and then a summer Shakespeare course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

  11. KATE MORTON made headlines in 2006 when the advance rights sales to her debut novel, set in 1920s England, hit the million-dollar mark….The Forgotten Garden…..”a SPLENDID READ” and “Unforgettable to me to this date…..GREAT!”

    “She did as she felt, and she felt a great deal.”
    — Kate Morton (The Forgotten Garden)

  12. Kate Morton was in Berri in South Australia in 1976 but lived most of her life in Tambourine Queensland

  13. Kate fell avidly in love with books very early. Her favourites were those by Enid Blyton, and Kate escaped many times up the Faraway Tree or with the Famous Five into smugglers’ cove. It was a love deeply felt, for it is still mysteries and secrets that dance around the edges of Kate’s mind, keeping her awake deep into the night, turning or typing pages.

  14. Kate Morton holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Queensland.

  15. Kate is currently enrolled in a PhD program researching contemporary novels that marry elements of gothic and mystery fiction.

  16. Kate: completed a Master’s degree focussing on tragedy in Victorian literature.

    The Distant Hours: Kate’s 3rd book (and hopefully soon to be mine! 🙂

  17. Kate Morton was born in 1976,
    Growing up in Queenland an Enid Blyton read she did not miss,
    An accalaimed Australian author,
    Who has enjoyed international success,
    She has written he Forgotten Garden, The House at Riverton
    And won many a bestseller award in Australia and the UK no less!
    Published in 31 countries, and currently completing a masters degree,
    The Distant Hours will be another best seller,
    Anyone would have to agree!

  18. Kate Morton was born in 1976,
    Growing up in Queenland an Enid Blyton read she did not miss,
    An accalaimed Australian author,
    Who has enjoyed international success,
    She has written The Forgotten Garden, The House at Riverton
    And won many a bestseller award in Australia and the UK no less!
    Published in 31 countries, and currently completing a masters degree,
    The Distant Hours will be another best seller,
    Anyone would have to agree!

  19. The Forgotten Garden was actually born from 2 images which wouldn’t leave Kate alone. The first had been around for years, well before she had written The Shifting Fog. Kate always knew that once she had figured out the answers to the questions derived from these images, she would be able to write the stories to which they belonged. She was greatly surprised when she had finally worked out who they were and what they were doing, to also realise that they belonged together in the same book.

  20. Kate Morton’s books have been published in 31 countries. The House at Riverton was a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in the UK in 2007 and a New York Times bestseller in 2008.

  21. Kate’s favourite books as a child were those by Enid Blyton. I like that! I am also taken with the thought that Kate used to hide when she read as a child, such was its pleasure that it almost felt illicit to her.

  22. Kate Morton’s books make me want to read and read and read and pass my love of reading on to my elementary aged students. Kate inspires!

  23. Kate Morton holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Queensland. She is also a good friend of author Kim Wilkins.

  24. With the success of her debut novel, ‘The Shifting Fog’, Kate Morton felt a great deal of pressure as she began her second book, ‘The Forgotten Garden’. Her thoughts were; ‘Oh my God, this time I have a contract and people will actually read this book’. Where I didn’t know that when I was writing the first book. Kate said she overcame this hurdle in the writing process by telling herself: ‘Just do what you did the first time, write what you love and if nobody else likes it, at least you would have enjoyed writing it.’

  25. Kate Morton develops her characters so well so that they become real and familiar and she describes the settings of her novels so eloquently that the reader enters their world and becomes immersed in it.
    The Distant Hours will be another success from this fantastic Australian author of The Shifting Fog and The Forgotten Garden.
    Maggie

  26. Kate Morton was born in QLD. “The House at Riverton” was a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in the UK in 2007 and a New York Times bestseller in 2008.

  27. Kate Morton’s books are publishedin 29 countries. Kate Morton grew up in the mountains of southeast Queensland, Australia. She has degrees in Dramatic Art and English Literature and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Queensland. Kate lives with her husband and two young sons in Brisbane.

  28. The dedication to The Distant Hours reads:
    For Kim Wilkins, who encouraged me to start; and Davin Patterson, who was with me to the last full stop.

  29. Kate is the author of “The Forgotten Garden” which was the #1 bestseller in Australia and a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in the UK in 2008

  30. When she was growing up Kate and her sisters used to put on concerts like those given by the Hartford children in “The House At Riverton,” They made tickets for their parents by perforating paper with the needle in a foot-operated antique Singer sewing machine. Also, her favourite movie is “The Remains Of The Day,” and she says this is one of the few movies toi be as good as the book.

  31. In August this year, Kate returned to The University of Queensland to lecture students of the Writing, Editing and Publishing program on the research and development of her latest bestseller The Forgotten Garden

  32. Kate Morton is an acclaimed Australian author who writes novels. The Forgotten Garden” was the #1 bestseller in Australia and a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in the UK in 2008

  33. Kate Morton, the eldest of three sisters, was born in Queensland, Australia. Her family moved several times before settling on Tamborine Mountain where she attended a small country school. She enjoyed reading books from an early age, her favourites being those by Enid Blyton. She is married to Davin, a composer, and they have two young sons.

  34. Kate is the talented Australian writer of two acclaimed books, ‘The Shifting Fog’ and ‘The Forgotten Garden’. No doubt her third book ‘The Distant Hours’, eagerly awaited by her fans will be a great success.

  35. And the winner is Gina! Congrats – I am sending some instructions to you via email…

    Boomerang Books

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