"Truth is dangerous. Society has taught me that and I’m still learning today, painstakingly walking the jagged edge of this knowledge."
It’s Britain 2041. Freedom of speech is no longer a legal right, and the concept of tolerance has been twisted. When teenager, Sathya, boldly shares her beliefs, she is betrayed by her twin sister and has her own rights stripped away.
Surrounded by danger, Sathya must battle her own doubts as well as the determination of the thought police to break her. Will she hold onto truth against all odds and find freedom?
T for Tolerance is Katherine's first YA novel and it's the first in a series.
Publication date: 1st August 2023
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Home Truths with Lady Grey is an evocative, moving story about the power of friendship to unlock new ways of seeing life and self.
‘My world is narrowing, constricting down to the thin end of a funnel’. When normally capable, career-minded Jennifer crumbles under a debilitating disease, she struggles with no longer being in control of her life. In the meantime, Mona, a family-oriented mother of Iranian heritage, finds out that her husband is gambling and hiding the truth from her. Can she move beyond betrayal to action?
When Mona goes to work for Jennifer as a carer, Jennifer is initially defensive, but the two soon discover that despite their differences they have so much to learn from one another. Will Mona discover how to balance the conflicting loyalties of family and self? Will Jennifer learn to let others in? And most importantly, will they both survive?.
Lydia's quiet expat life in Cambodia is dramatically turned upside down by the sudden arrival of Song, a young & vulnerable Vietnamese girl, and the flattering romantic attentions of a handsome, dashing local man. Just as she settles into this new-found happiness, everything is shattered as Song is kidnapped and sold into the child sex trade. Broken, Lydia returns to the UK, confirmed in her doubts about 'God', only to find the most unexpected guest on her doorstep one night many years later with the most incredible story to tell of hope lost and innocence restored.
‘This powerful novel gives a challengingly painful insight into the horrific truths of child sex-trafficking in Cambodia from the perspective of an 11-year-old Vietnamese girl, Song, who encounters "Safe Hands", an organisation dedicated to freeing and rehabilitating victims of trafficking. The book describes the raw suffering of sexual slavery and the poignancy of complex relationships affected by trafficking but concludes with a message of hope – that Christ’s power can enable love and forgiveness even in extreme cruelty and suffering.’ – Caroline (Baroness) Cox
Lydia’s Song was a finalist in the Christian Fiction category of the Next Generation Indie Awards 2016.
This short story was inspired by a harrowing documentary about FGM that Katherine saw a few weeks after the birth of her second child. Her second child had been delivered by forceps and she was recovering from both an episiotomy and a tear at the time of viewing. The discomfort she was feeling enabled her to empathise with the agony women enduring FGM suffer, many of whom are young girls at the time.
Link to CUT page: http://www.cutalongstory.com/stories/beyond-her-scream/10660.html
This short story is about an Afghan boy pushing his grandmother to Europe in a wheelchair told from the grandmother’s perspective. It was inspired by a true life story that she heard about in the news. It was shortlisted in the Patrician Press competition and was published in an anthology by Patrician Press in February 2017.
Katherine’s short story ‘Travels by Wheelchair’ was shortlisted in the Patrician Press competition on the theme of Refugees and Peace-Keepers, 2016. It was published in an anthology in February 2017.