Agent: Isobel Dixon
Biography: Kathryn‘s debut novel, THE BREAKING, was nominated for several awards, including being shortlisted for the Stakis Award for the Scottish Writer of the Year and longlisted for the Orange Prize. She has written several plays and had two of her novels have been adapted for BBC radio. She is the Conjoint Professor in English and Writing at the University of Newcastle in Australia.
STORM AND GRACE, Kathryn's new novel, is about male violence against women, a subject Kathryn has been writing on for twenty years, and the treacherous, tumultuous world of freediving. World-famous freediver Storm Hisray hits Grace Cain like a bolt from the blue. Instantly smitten, she abandons her life in the city to follow him to his idyllic Pacific island. There he teaches Grace the ways of the deep, and she learns to sink to unimaginable depths on one single breath. As their world narrows to the two of them, she learns, too, the dazzling pleasures of her body - but Storm hides as many secrets as the sea.
‘STORM AND GRACE took my breath away in all of its parts: the poetry of its sentences; the sensory richness of its moments; the depths and turns of its story; and the powerful revelation of whose voices had carried me to its end. Both beguiling and brutal, it navigates an extraordinary balance between an exquisite delicacy and the potentially vast and pummelling forces of any extremity.’ - Ashley Hay, author of THE RAILWAYMAN'S WIFE