In The Library

‘There’s nothing shocking about me. Sorry!’
An Interview with Katherine Webb

Katherine Webb is the bestselling author of The Legacy. Her latest novel, The English Girl is a captivating story of secrets, passion and turmoil, set in 1950s.

We quizzed Katherine on her book recommendations, dream job and what she can’t live without.

Who is your favourite author?

I have so many! And it does change over time. Perhaps today I’ll say Rose Tremain.

 What book do you most often recommend to friends?

‘Cloud Atlas’ by David Mitchell, or ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ by Dumas.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I always write in 12 point Times New Roman, and have my workbook open next to me.

If you weren’t a writer what job would you liked to have gone into?

There really wasn’t anything else I wanted to do. Cheese maker?

What is the best thing about being a writer?

Being able to make up stories for a living. So much fun!

What one item could you not live without?

Something to read.

Tell us something that will shock your readers?

There is nothing shocking about me whatsoever. Sorry!

What makes you happy?

Knowing that my family and friends are well; the sun shining; the seasons changing; my cats; tea and cake; the writing going well; food.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

I don’t remember ever being given any really great advice, except perhaps always to try to be honest with myself. But I don’t remember who gave it, or if I read it!

 The members of my dream book club would be . . .

My grandma, whom I adored, was a great reader. I’d love to have her back again to talk books one more time! My mum and my sister whose recommendations I trust completely; my old English lecturer from college, whom I didn’t have the guts to contradict at the time, and maybe some fantastic female authors from past and present – George Elliot, a Brönte, Daphne da Maurier, Agatha Christie.

The English Girl, Katherine’s new novel is out on this month in hardback, eBook and audio.

Katherine Webb

Katherine Webb was born in 1977 and grew up in rural Hampshire before reading History at Durham University. She has since spent time living in London and Venice, and now lives in rural Berkshire. Having worked as a waitress, au pair, personal assistant, book binder, library assistant, seller of fairy costumes and housekeeper, she now writes full time.