Catherine Webb

Catherine Webb (born 1986) is a British author, educated at the Godolphin and Latymer School, London, and the London School of Economics. She was 14 years old when she completed Mirror Dreams, which was written during her school holidays.[1] Her father is author and publisher Nick Webb and he suggested she should send the manuscript to an agent he knew, who eventually offered to represent her.[2] The book was published in 2002 by Atom Books, part of Time Warner (now Hachette Book Group), and Webb was named Young Trailblazer of the Year by the magazine CosmoGirl UK.[1] She has published eight young adult novels, all with Atom Books, and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from which she graduated in 2010.[3]

Catherine Webb
Born (1986-04-27) 27 April 1986
United Kingdom
Pen nameKate Griffin
Claire North
GenreFantasy, adventure, science fiction
Notable worksTimekeepers; The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle; A Madness of Angels

A lifelong Londoner, Webb enjoys walking through the areas she describes in her books — Bethnal Green, Clerkenwell, and along the River Thames — comparing the city of London as it is now to how it was at various times in the past.[4] She appeared in CosmoGirl in 2006/7 in an interview.[4] She also appeared in online interviews with CBBC and nzgirl when she was 15,[5][6] and also with the Telegraph, which described her as a teen queen.[2]

Catherine Webb also writes fantasy novels for adults under the name Kate Griffin.[3] As Claire North, she has written three science-fiction novels and three novellas, and one fantasy novel.[7]


  • Mirror Dreams (2002)
  • Mirror Wakes (2003)
  • Waywalkers (2003)
  • Timekeepers (2004)
  • The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle (2006)
  • The Obsidian Dagger: Being the Further Extraordinary Adventures of Horatio Lyle (2006)
  • The Doomsday Machine: Another Astounding Adventure of Horatio Lyle (2008)
  • The Dream Thief: An Extraordinary Horatio Lyle Mystery (2010)

As Kate Griffin

  • A Madness of Angels (2009) (Matthew Swift series, book 1)
  • The Midnight Mayor (2010) (Matthew Swift series, book 2)
  • The Neon Court (2011) (Matthew Swift series, book 3)
  • The Minority Council (2012) (Matthew Swift series, book 4)
  • Stray Souls (2012) (Magicals Anonymous series, book 1)
  • The Glass God (2013) (Magicals Anonymous series, book 2)

As Claire North

Awards and nominations

  • 2005, Timekeepers nominated for the Carnegie Medal[14]
  • 2006, The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle nominated for the Carnegie Medal[15]
  • 2014, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (as Claire North) nominated for the BSFA Award for Best Novel
  • 2015, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (as Claire North) won the John Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year
  • 2015, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (as Claire North) nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
  • 2017, The Sudden Appearance of Hope (as Claire North) won the World Fantasy Award for novel[16]


  1. "Catherine Webb - Children's Author". Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  2. "Telegraph Family book club: Exploits of a Teen Queen". Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  3. Kate Griffin: Urban Magic
  4. "The Extraordinary And Unusual Adventures Of Horatio Lyle". Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  5. "Teen author: 'I'm not the next JK'". Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  6. "Know / Mirror Dreams by Catherine Webb". Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  7. Goodreads
  8. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, retrieved 11 May 2014
  9. Touch, retrieved 5 February 2015
  10. The Gameshouse Trilogy (The Serpent, The Thief, The Master), retrieved 11 December 2015
  11. The End of the Day, retrieved 4 April 2017
  12. 84K, retrieved 25 March 2018
  13. The Pursuit of William Abbey, retrieved 1 December 2019
  14. Carnegie Press Desk : 4 March 2005
  15. Carnegie Press Desk Archived 7 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine : 20 November 2006
  16. "Announcing the 2017 World Fantasy Award Winners". 5 November 2017.
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