Catherine Chanter is a writer whose haunting first novel The Well, published by Canongate in 2015, was a Richard & Judy book club pick, long-listed for a CWA John Creasey (new blood) Dagger and sold in 12 countries. Her second novel The Half Sister followed three years later. She is also a prize winning poet and short story writer and has had work broadcast by BBC Radio 4.
Catherine has just completed a narrative non-fiction work which brings together her search for her birth family and her professional experience in the arena of care and adoption, gained from decades working with vulnerable young people and their families.
AN OBSERVER NEW FACE OF FICTION 2015, A HUFFINGTON POST ‘ONE TO WATCH IN 2015’, AN AMAZON RISING STAR 2015
When Ruth Ardingly and her family first drive up from London in their grime-encrusted car and view The Well, they are enchanted by a jewel of a place, a farm that appears to offer everything the family are searching for. An opportunity for Ruth. An escape for Mark. A home for their grandson Lucien.
The Half Sister
When she was sixteen, Diana left her unhappy family and set out to make a new life. Twenty five years later, she has arrived. Recently married to Edmund, there are just the two of them living at Wynhope, his family’s historic country home, both happy for the past to be locked away and for the future to be free from responsibility.