Kate Hamer grew up in the West Country and Wales. She studied art and worked for a number of years in television. In 2011 she won the Rhys Davies short story prize and her short stories have appeared in various collections. Her novel The Girl in the Red Coat was published in 2015. It was shortlisted for The Costa First Novel Prize, the British Book Industry Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, The John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger and the Wales Book of the Year. It was a Sunday Times bestseller and has been translated into 17 different languages. Kate now lives with her husband in Cardiff.
The dark and glittering new novel from The Sunday Times Bestselling author Kate Hamer is as gripping as it is gorgeously written – the perfect second book from the author of The Girl in the Red Coat.
Praise for The Doll Funeral.
“There is a magical dream-like quality to Kate Hamer’s second novel, which reminded me of Kate Atkinson’s early novels…The Doll Funeral is the story of a separated mother and daughter, and the last line is heart-stoppingly beautiful.”
Alice O’Keeffe, The Bookseller, Editor’s Choice *****
“A haunting story of love, loss, family and friendships as told by the ethereal Ruby, a teenager who inhabits the past and the present. Hamer’s novel of ghosts bound with the living tells a tale which captivates and draws you into her lyrical world.”
“The Doll Funeral is a compelling follow up to The Girl in the Red Coat, a dark and at times heartbreaking story of loss and belonging, in a haunting setting; Hamer is a superb stylist.”