Recommended profile feature on Katherine Rundell by Lorna Bradbury. Worth following through to the full piece if only for the cool rooftop photo of the author taken by Andrew Crowley.
It’s not easy clambering up the precarious ladder in the tiny top–floor lavatory of All Souls College in Oxford, not to mention the dusty trapdoor and the series of rungs that await on the other side. But as I steel my nerves and follow the children’s novelist and thrill–seeker Katherine Rundell into the sky, I feel like Sophie, the heroine of Rooftoppers, which won the Waterstones children’s prize.
Orphaned on her first birthday and found floating at sea in a cello case, Sophie remains convinced that her mother didn’t drown as their ship sank. Rundell’s book recounts Sophie’s search for her mother, with a large part of the action conducted on the rooftops of Paris as she tries to evade the British authorities who have an order out to place her in an orphanage.