Kate saw me through the difficult process of writing my first book, from shaping the first draft, through the many rewrites, to publication. Without Kate, Clothes, Music, Boys would not have been such a tight read. The nearer I got to publication, the more I emailed her about every comma and full stop. We knelt on the floor of Faber together choosing the photographs. She sat next to me for a whole day whilst the pictures were scanned. Kate was by my side, she was my guide, from start to finish and I am so grateful to her. The book’s success is also her success.
Kate’s guidance was indispensable. She helped turn a set of promising materials into a coherent book proposal. She showed me what I was writing — giving me clarity on how to shape it, describe it and sell it. I now have the ideal agent and a book deal with Penguin. I couldn’t have asked for a better ally in my first foray into non-fiction publishing.
Ben Platts-Mills, author of Tell Me the Planets
For me, Kate is the perfect editor. She is responsive to the tone and feel of writing, and she has new ideas.
John Carey, author of The Unexpected Professor,
shortlisted for a National Book Award and a Sunday Times bestseller
Kate's skill and tact as an editor helped me a great deal in completing The Children of Lovers. She has great empathy and understands when to encourage and when to suggest change.
In preparing the new educational edition of my father’s novel Lord of the Flies, Kate was an exemplary project manager and used her taste and judgement to great effect. She was a tremendous help.
Judy Carver, The William Golding Estate
Kate's insight and perspective on Mad Men and Bad Men was invaluable. She delivers sound advice with a real lightness of touch and really elevated the final book with her suggestions. She was a pleasure to work with.
Sam Delaney, author of Mad Men and Bad Men,
longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize
Working with Kate on my book Fanny and Stella was a fantastic experience. She has great acuity and insight and can work with a text on both a macro and a micro level. Sometimes authors are too close to their work and Kate has a wonderful – and I think quite a rare – ability to see a book in the round. Fanny and Stella has been a great success and some of that success is down to Kate’s hard work. I would be very happy to work with her again and cannot recommend her too highly!
Neil McKenna, author of Fanny and Stella,
winner of the Green Carnation Prize
Kate is a first-class editor and I strongly recommend her. I first came to appreciate her skills during the writing of The Strangest Man, a biography of a theoretical physicist – Kate made many invaluable suggestions to the hand-over text, which raised its quality by a substantial margin. She is a pleasure to work with, and has all the common-sense, tact and meticulousness that one could wish for in an editor.
Graham Farmelo, author of The Strangest Man,
winner of the Costa Award for Biography and the LA Times Science Book Prize