Kate Fenton


The Colours of Snow
Dancing to the Pipers
Lions & Liquorice/
(US) Vanity and Vexation

Balancing on Air
Too Many Godmothers
Picking Up
The Time of Her Life




On publication of Picking Up:

Kate Fenton writes deliciously perceptive romantic comedies and her latest novel is no exception
The Lady

Fortysomething Jo Patterson has retreated from a troubled marriage in suburbia to her cottage in Yorkshire, where she becomes involved as a beater in the local shoot (hence the pun in the title, perhaps lost on those who have never trod the grouse moor). Cue encounters with the county set, randy crooners, industrial espionage and a troubled yet dashing hero – the sort of man born to wear a Savile Row dinner jacket with careless aplomb. Fenton creates well-defined yet complex characters, and her novel is a rollicking read, an engaging mixture of romance, intrigue and adventure that keeps you guessing until the very end.
The Sunday Times

An action-packed story involving showbusiness, financial espionage and a spaniel
Yorkshire Post

Her ability to draw fascinating characters, who are both unusual and believable, remains the same. Another great read.
Essex Chronicle

A witty tale of country life and a reluctant sleuth in the heart of Yorkshire
The Bookseller

If you are into funny, fast-pace stories full of intrigue and spice, you won’t be able to put this book down for anything. So, why not treat yourself to a bit of escapism for the beginning of 2003?
The Shooting times

A cheery New Year awaits veteran Bertie Wooster actor Ian Carmichael and his wife Kate Fenton, 34 years his junior. Ian is still working at 82 – he is about to star as a hospital secretary in a new Sunday night TV drama, The Royal – while Kate, a former BBC radio producer, has just had her sixth novel, Picking Up, published in paperback.
The book is largely based on her experiences as a grouse beater in North Yorkshire, where they live, and her walks with her spaniel, Fizz.
Says Kate, who met widower Ian 19 years ago when she asked him to read a series of short stories for Radio 4: ‘Grouse beating is very hard. I did 20 days during the season and the only consolation is that when you fall over, it’s a soft landing...’
Nigel Dempster The Mail on Sunday

|How Jo’s innocent spot of grouse-beating plunges her into a world of spies and dark deeds is all part of the fun... in this sprightly comedy

Like all Kate’s novels, written in her distinctive style that races along at a furious rate of knots, Picking Up is well-laced with humour
The Whitby Gazette