AN OBSERVER NEW FACE OF FICTION 2015, A HUFFINGTON POST 'ONE TO WATCH IN 2015', AN AMAZON RISING STAR 2015
Catherine Chanter was born and raised in the West Country. She won a scholarship to read English Literature at Oxford and went on to work as a lobbyist, both in the UK and the USA. Somewhat disillusioned with the political process, she returned to England where she re-trained as a teacher and has since led education provision for vulnerable and excluded young people in a wide range of settings.
Catherine has written for Radio 4 and had short stories and poetry published in many anthologies and publications. Her novella and short story collection Rooms of the Mind was published by Cinnamon Press in 2011. She has a Masters, with Distinction , in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University.
"One summer was all it took before our dream started to curl at the edges and stain like picked primroses. One night is enough to swallow a lifetime of lives.'
The Well is Catherine Chanter's first full length work of fiction and won the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, 2013, the judges declaring that “The Well was so astoundingly assured that we wondered if AS Byatt had adopted a pseudonym to see if the judges would overlook a brilliant writer. But we didn’t. This riveting story of Ruth and her family has the pulse of a thriller combined with a futuristic evocation of a Big Brother society and a fable of humans faced with limited resources.”