An evening with OB Kate Summerscale

We were very fortunate that OB Kate Summerscale – author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction in 2008 ­– was interviewed last Tuesday in Civics. The evening unravelled her successes, achieving a first in English at Oxford University, an MA in journalism at Stanford and becoming the Literary Editor of the Daily Telegraph. Yet, it was her role in obituaries that sparked her first book The Queen of Whale Cay. She is now working on her fourth book, which we were able to get an insight into. After talking with her over supper, it was evident that Kate is an extremely interesting and talented writer, one who should be read.

By Georgica Deane, 6.1

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.