Kate Morton on the best books for summer

Kate Morton, author of The Clockmaker's Daughter, recommends some of her favourite summer reads and talks about her writing inspiration.

Kate Morton is the bestselling author of books including The Clockmaker's Daughter, The Lake House and The House at Riverton. Here, she discusses her favourite summer books, her writing process, and the inspiration for The Lake House.

In this video, Kate recommends some of her favourite summer reads, perfect for taking on holiday, or just to the park on a sunny Sunday.

Here, we explore Cornwall with Kate as she talks about her writing process and how the area inspired her fifth book, The Lake House.

The Clockmaker's Daughter

Book cover for The Clockmaker's Daughter

In the depths of a nineteenth-century winter, a little girl is abandoned in the narrow streets of London. Adopted by a mysterious stranger, she becomes in turn a thief, a friend, a muse, and a lover. Then, in the summer of 1862, shortly after her eighteenth birthday, she retreats with a group of artists to a beautiful house on a quiet bend of the Upper Thames . . . Tensions simmer and one hot afternoon a gun-shot rings out. A woman is killed, another disappears, and the truth of what happened slips through the cracks of time.

Over the next century and beyond, Birchwood Manor welcomes many newcomers but guards its secret closely – until another young woman is drawn to visit the house because of a family secret of her own . . .

As the mystery of The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton begins to unravel, we discover the stories of those who have passed through Birchwood Manor since that fateful day in 1862. Intricately layered and richly atmospheric, it shows that, sometimes, the only way forward is through the past.