7 Modern Day Memoirs That Won't Fail To Inspire And Enlighten You

"Set in a small town in Kentucky, for thirteen years she lives with death, literally on her doorstep, and the coming and going of mourners and grief alike. A very unusual tale told in a fascinating way. "
 
 
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"As well as being a window on to a small community, this Gothic memoir is also Kate's bid to understand her charismatic  but complicated father."














THE UNDERTAKER'S DAUGHTER
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REVIEW

 


"Her Southern Gothic-style depiction of the town of Jubilee in the 1960s, with its prim, elegant exterior masking a seething social dysfunction, reinforces the macabre mood."










Read the full review HERE










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THE UNDERTAKER'S DAUGHTER 

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“[A] dark and sharply detailed memoir….Introspective and rich with personal revelation.”

Please see the full review HERE.








 "GROWING UP IN THE FAMILY FUNERAL PARLOUR"
my piece for the GUARDIAN


















AN EARLY REVIEW FROM THE STATES

Many thanks to Jennifer Dayton
Darien, CT Library

"Think of it as "To Kill a Mockingbird" but with dead bodies...."

You can view her 30 second review here








Publishers Weekly reviews 
THE UNDERTAKER’S DAUGHTER  September 16th issue:

“Mayfield fashions a poignant send-off to Jubilee in this thoughtfully rendered work.”
 























Kate interviewed by Jo Flidgen on the BBC World Service OUTLOOK programme. 
You can listen here
8 Minutes














THE UK COVER








A Cover Story will soon be on my blog, Here and Hereafter, describing both the UK and the US designers' inspirations, and following through their creative process in designing the cover of The Undertaker's Daughter.




















COVERED


I'm delighted to post this image of the cover of 
THE UNDERTAKER'S DAUGHTER.






Published in the UK on August 28th, 2014 and in the States on January 15, 2015


REVISED PUBLICATION DATES FOR 
THE UNDERTAKER'S DAUGHTER





As the final edits of my memoir THE UNDERTAKER'S DAUGHTER are under way, I've been informed of new pub dates from both the States and the UK.

Simon & Schuster UK's pub date is August 2014. I'm already looking forward to the end of summer holidays!

Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster USA will be publishing in January 2015.

The jacket cover is steadily emerging and I've very excited about the idea and inspiration - not to mention curious as a cat!





JANUARY EVENT AT THE KENSAL GREEN CEMETERY


TALES OF DEATH AND DESTINY






I'm pleased to be a part of the Memento Moriatas, a group of three writers whose work explores themes of death, dream and destiny. Our first event will be held in London at the Kensal Green Cemetery in the historic Dissenters' Chapel. I'm further pleased to report that this event is now sold out.

If you are interested in having the Memento Moriatas present a programme at your venue, festival, or event, please do contact us at: themementomoriatas@gmail.com




 




The Windsor Fringe Festival

Monday 30 September, 7:30pm

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Library Service present:

An evening with a panel of authors, Essie Fox, Julie Cohen, Kate Mayfield and Scott Andrews, talking & answering questions about their journey to become published writers.

Tickets £6 (£5 with advantage card), available from Windsor Library
 t: 01753 743940, e: windsor.library@rbwm.gov.uk

This author event is being held at the beautiful Guildhall in Windsor’s Town Centre.







S&S scoops deep South memoir









Simon & Schuster has acquired a coming-of-age memoir described as a blend of The Help and television programme "Six Feet Under".

Suzanne Baboneau bought UK and Commonwealth rights in The Undertaker's Daughter by Kate Mayfield from Oliver Munson at A M Heath. In the book, Mayfield describes her upbringing in a small-town Kentucky funeral home during the 1960s.

It will be published by Abby Zidle at Simon & Schuster's Gallery imprint in the US, and both will release the title as a lead memoir in autumn 2014.

Baboneau said: "This is a true delight of a memoir, vividly, enchantingly and movingly told. We are so very pleased to be publishing Kate, the undertaker's daughter who now, rather wonderfully, lives in London, on our list next year."