Purple People

A curious scheme is afoot in Blighty. 

Attempting to tackle spiralling levels of crime and anti-social behaviour, the government has a new solution: to dye offenders purple. 

For once, even journalist Eve Baxter is shocked - she's spent years gathering the world's weird and wacky news, but has never seen anything as loopy as this. Learning of these shamed 'bruises osociety', the nation is agog -and divided. There's anger and agreement, protest and debate. Oh, green and pleasant and now purple land... 

About the author

Kate Bulpitt grew up in a small seaside town and is strongly influenced by the unlikely combo of George Orwell, Victoria Wood and Smash Hits. After over a decade working in film, she was part of Curtis Brown Creative novel-writing course, and was published in the short story anthology The Book of Unwritten Rules

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Why We Like It

  • "Purple People is a rare thing, a genre-busting tale that keeps you reading at a frantic clip. A novel of serious intent with a big, funny, generous heart. I loved it." - KATE HAMER, bestselling author of The Girl in the Red Coat and The Doll's Funeral.
  • "JOYOUS. The concept is brilliant! It really made me laugh. I love the quickfire wit and bold characters. It is warm, witty, wildly imaginative and utterly original. A satirical delight!" -EMMA JANE UNSWORTH, author of Animals
  • "That rare thing, a warm-hearted satire. Witty and emotional it has teeth AND a heart!" -DAVID QUANTICK, author of All My Colours

Kate Bulpitt

Kate grew up in a small seaside town, and after spending her formative years writing stories - and being most strongly influenced by the unlikely combo of George Orwell, Victoria Wood and Smash Hits - went to university to study Writing and Publishing.  She then spent over a decade working in film, mostly in New York (capers included being a casting gal on quite the cinematic smorgasbord: from Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd and Paul Greengrass’ United 93, to an assortment of romantic comedies, and Spiceworld, the Spice Girls movie).  While in New York she also dabbled in stand up comedy.

In 2011 she was part of the second Curtis Brown Creative novel-writing course, and recently a short story anthology written by that group, The Book of Unwritten Rules, was published.  In addition to developing further novels, Kate is currently writing a sitcom series.

A seaside lass once more, Kate believes her achievements to include resistance to owning a smart phone, and being told that she has a ‘troubling addiction to parentheses’ (this is true.  She blames Smash Hits).

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