Katherine Rundell

Katherine Rundell is the author of Rooftoppers, Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms (a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner), and The Wolf Wilder. She grew up in Zimbabwe, Brussels, and London, and is currently a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. She begins each day with a cartwheel and believes that reading is almost exactly the same as cartwheeling: it turns the world upside down and leaves you breathless. In her spare time, she enjoys walking on tightropes and trespassing on the rooftops of Oxford colleges.

Books by this Author

The Wolf Wilder
Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms


Katherine Rundell on Carthwheeling in Thunderstorms

Katherine Rundell speaks about the adorable experience that inspired her to write her anticipated follow-up to Rooftoppers, Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, her childhood living in Africa, and why she believes life is absolutely worth living.

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Spend part of each day upside-down

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Roast chestnuts

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Trollope's Obadiah Slope in third place, Samuel Whiskers in second, and Shakespeare's Iago in first

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Losing my memory

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. John Donne: I think he would be the world's best and wittiest drinking companion.