Kathryn Ferry

Agent: Molly Ker Hawn

Kathryn Ferry grew up near the coast in North Devon, but usually only went to the beach out of season in her wellies. In 1998 she fell in love with beach huts during a visit to Herne Bay in Kent. Inspired by this surprising new passion, she began researching their story and, having finished her PhD studying architectural history at the University of Cambridge, she decided to specialise in the seaside.

She is the author of nine books, including titles on the British seaside holiday, bungalows, 1950s kitchens and, most recently, the official history of Butlin’s. Her latest book is SEASIDE100: THE HISTORY OF THE BRITISH SEASIDE IN 100 OBJECTS, published by Unicorn in March 2020.

Kathryn lives in West Sussex and enjoys dragging her husband and three children around as many seaside resorts as they will allow. She encourages them to do a five-minute beach clean to help remove rubbish and plastic, but in light of recent press coverage has also been moved to take a more proactive approach. She is currently writing about the social history of plastic to demonstrate that, despite its ubiquity, plastic is the most valuable material in the world and should not be thrown away lightly.

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