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A fairy-tale infused historical novel for adults set in the late 18 th century, moving between Imperial China and France during the ‘Terror’ of the French Revolution, and inspired by the true story of a quest for a blood-red rose.

The novel will draw upon ‘The Blue Rose,’ a fairy tale set in China about a quest for an impossible rose.

Kate Forysth

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I have always wanted to be a writer. I began scribbling down stories as soon as I could hold a pencil, and wrote my first novel when I was only seven. I have now sold more than a million copies around the world, and am so grateful to my readers who have made my dreams come true.  

My novels for adults include Bitter Greens, which won the American Library Association Award for Best Historical Fiction, and The Wild Girl, which was inspired by the true story behind the Grimm brothers' collection of their famous fairy tales. I have also written many books for children, including The Chain of Charms series, which won five Aurealis Awards for Best Children's Fantasy, and the bestselling Impossible Quest series.  

I have a Doctorate of Creative Arts in fairy-tale studies, and am also an accredited performance storyteller with The Australian Guild of Storytellers.  

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Latest Adult Books


Latest Children's Books

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A reimagining of 'Sleeping Beauty' set amongst the passions and scandals of the Pre-Raphaelite circle of artists and poets.

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THE BEAST'S GARDEN is a retelling of the Grimm brothers' 'Beauty & the Beast' fairy tale, set amongst the underground resistance to Hitler in Berlin during the cataclysmic years of World War II.

Two selkie storues
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Two beautiful traditional Scottish fairy tales, ‘The Selkie Bride’ and ‘In the Kingdom of the Seals’, are brought to enchanting and haunting new life by two creators who are themselves eerily linked to the magical world of the shape-shifting selkies.

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Four unlikely heroes
Four mysterious gifts
Four impossible tasks
Five thrilling books

The Impossible Quest is set in the far away land of Wolfhaven. It tells the story of four friends who are forces into undertaking an impossible quest to try and awaken the legendary sleeping warriors of the past.