Katherine Wiseman

Kate Wiseman


Icarus and Velvet

Imagine a future world in which most of the land is no longer habitable, poisoned by a long-ago catastrophe and filled with hungry, nightmare creatures. How and where would you live? Icarus’ people – the Avians – have fled to the high places and learned with fly with wings made of sky iron. Velvet’s people – the Subterraneans – went underground, building teeming cities topped with glass domes in which they reclaim the land and grow crops. Centuries of treachery and mistrust have left the Subs and Avians as mortal enemies, but when Icarus and Velvet accidentally meet, they must learn to trust each other and work together to overcome an enemy that threatens to destroy both of their communities.

Icarus and Velvet is a dystopian fantasy for teens and upwards. It has just been released (November 2022) and is gathering great reviews. Visit ZunTold.com or your local independent bookshop to get your copy and prepare to be swept into their world.

PRAISE FOR ICARUS AND VELVET ‘Icarus and Velvet is a Kate Wiseman masterpiece! … What an exhilarating ride!’ WRD Magazine. ‘The second you start reading Icarus and Velvet you are transported into their world. It’s a heroic but, at times, heart breaking tale.’ Jess Hempshall ‘Great twist in the final chapter! … I know I’m going to be thinking about the characters and wondering what they would be up to now.’ Scorpio Dreams.

Mudlark Mysteries

In the 19th century, mudlarking wasn’t a fun hobby. It was a desperate, dangerous way of scratching a living. I’ve written more about mudlarking in the ‘Mad about Mudlarking’ page if you’re interested.Set in Victorian London, the Mudlark Mysteries feature brother and sister Edie and Joe Lighterman, their friends Union Jack and Ottilie Zhang, and an array of unforgettable characters, some good, some the opposite. Each book chronicles an action-packed adventure, based on something they find while mudlarking.

(Publication commences in May 2023)

The Grinning Throat
(Mudlark Mysteries 1)

A grisly find on the foreshore leads Joe, Edie and their new friends into a web of danger, pitting them against a gang of cutthroat anarchists and their treacherous associates. They cross paths with a kidnapped princess and a sinister barber with a secret that he will do anything to protect.

Hampstead Terror

Hunting in the grimmest of locations for a hoard of stolen treasure, Jack is forced to remember events he is striving to forget and come to terms with a truth he would like to deny. Set in the world of toshers, mudlarks who operated in London’s labyrinth of sewers, the friends encounter a terror that they had thought could not possibly be real.

The Cursed Skull

Searching for the location of the notorious Execution Dock and for the priceless talisman of a long-dead pirate, Ottilie is pursued by a ghost from her past who presents her with an impossible but unavoidable choice.

The Red Tunic

I am very proud of this, my first novel for adults. It’s inspired by my lifelong fascination with the First World War, the repercussions of which stretched far beyond the battlefields and trenches, and by the remarkable women who defied society to fight in it. Set at the start of the 20th century, neglected twins Nina and Alfie grow up heavily dependent on each other. They start with experiment with each other’s gender roles. When the First World War commences, gutsy Nina makes a momentous decision. To save her gentle brother, she will steal his identity and become a soldier in his place.


Gangster School

Set in the madcap world of Blaggard’s School for Tomorrow’s Tyrants, the Gangster School series charts the knockabout adventures of Milly and Charlie, who are determined to defy their criminal families by negotiating an honest path through the school and beyond. This series of middle grade comedies has been short-listed for several awards and published in Germany, the Netherlands and Turkey, as well as the UK.