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Catherine Steadman

Catherine Steadman is an actress and author based in London. She has appeared in leading roles on British and American television as well as on stage in the West End where she has been nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. She grew up in the New Forest, Hampshire, and now lives in North London with her husband and daughter.

Catherine's first novel, Something in the Water, was a number one New York Times bestseller with rights sold in over 30 territories. Film rights have also been sold to Reese Witherspoon's production company, Hello Sunshine. Her second novel, Mr Nobody, was published in 2020, and her third novel, The Disappearing Act, is coming in 2021.

Twitter: @CatSteadman

The Disappearing Act

The Disappearing Act


A woman has gone missing
But did she ever really exist?

Mia Eliot has travelled from London to LA for pilot season. This is her big chance to make it as an actor in Hollywood, and she is ready to do whatever it takes. At an audition she meets Emily, and what starts as a simple favour takes a dark turn when Emily goes missing and Mia is the last person to see her.

Then a woman turns up, claiming to be Emily, but she is nothing like Mia remembers. Why would someone pretend to be Emily? Starting to question her own sanity, she goes on a desperate and dangerous search for answers, knowing something is very, very wrong.

In an industry where everything is about creating illusions, how do you know what is real? And how much would you risk to find out? 

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Simon & Schuster
North America Penguin Random House / Ballantine

Mr Nobody

When a man is found on a Norfolk beach, drifting in and out of consciousness, with no identification and unable to speak, interest in him is sparked immediately. From the hospital staff who find themselves inexplicably drawn to him; to international medical experts who are baffled by him; to the nationalpress who call him Mr Nobody; everyone wants answers. Who is this man? And what happened to him?

Neuropsychiatrist Dr Emma Lewis is asked to assess the patient. This is her field of expertise, this is the chance she’s been waiting for and this case could make her name known across the world. But therein lies the danger. Emma left this same small town in Norfolk fourteen years ago and has taken great pains to cover all traces of her past since then.

But now something – or someone – is calling her back. And the more time she spends with her patient, the more alarmed she becomes.

Has she walked into danger?

Territory Publisher/Agent
UK & Commonwealth Simon & Schuster
US Penguin Random House / Ballantine
Bulgaria Obsidian
Czech Republic Euromedia
Germany Piper
Israel Dani-Sfarim
Sweden Modernista Group AB
The Netherlands Karakter

Something In The Water

How far would you go be truly happy? 
Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough; Mark a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all, until Mark loses his job and cracks start to appear in their perfect life.
But they’re determined to make it work. They book their dream honeymoon and trust that things will work out - after all, they have each other.
Could the life of your dreams turn out to be a nightmare? 
On the tropical island of Bora Bora Mark takes Erin scuba diving. Mark is with her - she knows he’ll keep her safe.
Everything will be fine. Until they find something in the water.

Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave? 
Erin and Mark decide to keep their discovery a secret - after all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events...which will endanger everything they hold dear.


Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Simon & Schuster
North America Bantam Dell
Brazil Record
Bulgaria Obsidian
Croatia Mozaik Knjiga
Czech Republic Euromedia
Denmark Memoris
Estonia Eesti Raamat
Greece Harlenic Hellas
Hungary Lettero/Kulinaria
Germany Piper
Israel Dani-Sfarim
Italy Longanesi
Korea Book21
Macedonia Sakam Knigi
Norway Panta Forlag
Poland Burda
Portugal Presenca
Romania Nemira
Russia Family Leisure Club
Serbia Evro Books
Slovakia Ikar
Slovenia Ucila
Spain Colmena Ediciones
Sweden Modernista Group AB
The Netherlands Karakter
Taiwan Sharp Point Press
Turkey Nemesis Kitap
Ukraine Family Leisure Club
Film rights Hello Sunshine

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