Much excitement at Are You Sitting Comfortably HQ this month as we interrupt our normal transmission to bring you an Easter exclusive from an incredible Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author. In fact, it’s so special that we’ll be crossing live on Instagram to Australia to chat to none other than Kate Morton, award-winning and bestselling author of six novels including The Forgotten Garden and The Clockmaker’s Daughter.
Well-known for her layered mysteries and spellbinding stories, Kate has sold 16 million books in 42 countries and her books have been published in 38 languages. The House at Riverton was one of the most successful UK debuts of all time.
Somehow we have been lucky enough to secure an interview with Kate on Wednesday April 5th at ten am GMT so we are busily reading away and prepping for this total scoop. Woolroom has launched a huge ‘Clean Sleep’ campaign and is working with LYMA to debunk myths surrounding sleep to supply genuine solutions – the brands are passionate about helping people sleep better than through bedding and health enhancing supplements, therefore makes them the perfect partners for the novelist who books allow you to enter another world of historical stately homes, secret gardens and all encompassing love. Books that take you away from the days stresses and allow you to relax and get you ready for a seriously good night’s sleep.
‘Clean Sleeping is the New Clean Eating’, aims to raise awareness about unhealthy sleeping habits and educate people about how clean sleeping should be taken just as seriously as clean eating.
As part of the campaign, Woolroom and LYMA have partnered to debunk myths surrounding sleep and to supply genuine solutions – the brands are passionate about helping people to sleep better through natural bedding and health enhancing supplements.
A year ago I worked with Woolroom and was blown away by the difference that their bedding made to our sleep. It’s a bit like magic using the magic of Mother Nature and her sheep. The bedding offers a huge range of benefits to health – it is chemical-free, hypoallergenic, and regulates body temperature while you sleep – by cocooning yourself in wool bedding, it has been scientifically proven to give you 25% more stage 4 regenerative sleep. Magic and Science!
The LYMA Supplement is the only one in the world to combine ten, ingredients, which combined have been clinically proven to enhance sleep quality, lessen the likelihood of insomnia, and reduce the time it takes to fall asleep. Studies (yes – more science!) have proven it helps people fall asleep three times faster compared to placebo, improve sleep quality, and help people feel refreshed and energised when they wake up in the morning. I hate waking up and always look forward to when I can return to my bed so this is utterly wonderful. Vogue has called it “The Miracle Pill” so naturally I am very excited!!!
Out on 13th April, Kate’s much awaited 7th novel, Homecoming, certainly doesn’t disappoint. Kate began writing it after leaving the UK to be near family in South Australia. Inspired by her own homecoming and spanning continents and generations, at the heart of Homecoming, liesan intricate mystery involving a cold case brought back to life. It’s a story of secrets and the lies we tell to protect ourselves, asking us what we would do for those we love.
The novel opens in the Adelaide Hills – it’s Christmas Eve, 1959. In the scorching heat, a local delivery man makes a gruesome discovery beside a creek in the grounds of a grand country house. Once the police are called, the small town of Tambilla finds itself embroiled in one of the most baffling murder investigations in the history of South Australia.
Fast forward many years later and thousands of miles away, journalist Jess is in search of a story. Having lived and worked in London for nearly two decades, she now finds herself alone, unemployed and struggling to make ends meet. Fate seems to summon her back to Sydney when she receives a phone call informing her that Nora, beloved grandmother who raised Jess when her mother could not, has suffered a fall and is seriously ill in hospital.
Nora has always been a force for nature and a hugely inspiring presence in Jess’ life so when Jess arrives at the hospital, she is shocked to see her grandmother in such a fragile state. There’s also something about Nora’s fall which doesn’t read right – why had she been climbing up the stairs to the attic, the one place Jess was forbidden from growing up? Returning to Nora’s house, Jess discovers a true crime book chronicling a long-buried police case: the Turner Family Tragedy of 1959 by Nora’s bedside. It is only when Jess skims through its pages that she finds a shocking connection between her own family and this notorious event — a mystery that has never been satisfactorily resolved.
Homecoming is about family and belonging, the secrets we keep and the healing power of uncovering the truth.
Rebecca and I can’t wait to explore Homecoming with Kate and all its themes of motherhood and mothering, how our lives are shaped by past and present as well as identity and of course, coming home. I’m also looking forward to delving into Kate’s passion for houses as places of memory and hidden stories. What could be a better Easter treat?
Join us on Live on Instagram from UK and Australia on Wednesday 5th April at 10am GMT, 19.00 AEST