The Unofficial Katherine Neville Home Page



Welcome to the Unofficial Katherine Neville Home Page. No, I am NOT Katherine Neville; I am Vicki Kondelik, a fan of hers. I created this page back in the 1990s because in those days, even though I know Katherine Neville had many fans, I hadn't found much about her on the Internet. Now, of course, she has her own wonderful website. And you can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. She also has her own Youtube channel where you can watch interviews with her.

Read this great interview with Katherine Neville by Stacy DeBroff from MomCentral.com, in 2015, about introducing young readers to The Eight. I identify with so much of what DeBroff says, especially when she mentions her old, tattered copy of The Eight. I still have mine, too!

Listen to an hour-long interview with Katherine Neville by Gabriela Pereira where she talks about writing the quest novel, researching The Eight, and her tips for writers, among other things.

Take a look at Christa Carter's Pinterest page of images associated with The Eight and The Fire. It is amazing!

The Eight was selected as one of the 100 best thrillers of all time by Signature Reads.

Your contributions are welcome; I will publish them if I consider them appropriate; I reserve the right to edit them if necessary, but I will ask for your permission before I do so. If you prefer to remain anonymous, please let me know. Otherwise, I will include your name. As you can see, this page is mostly devoted to The Eight, but contributions on A Calculated Risk, The Magic Circle, and The Fire are also welcome. Send all contributions to: vickik@umich.edu

Disclaimer: Most of the articles on this website, both my own and others', were written before The Fire was published, and they are based on theories that The Fire has since disproved. But it's fun to read about what you used to think, so I'm leaving them on this site.

Katherine Neville's latest book, The Fire, the sequel to The Eight, was published in 2008. Read my (spoiler-free) review! She's currently working on a novel about Caravaggio, Rubens, and El Greco. More news soon!

Read the Interview with Katherine Neville at Poe's Deadly Daughters.

Take a look at George Karakasidis' diagram of the characters in The Eight

A French translation of The Eight, Le Huit is once again available (2009)! You can order it here. I can read French, and I'm reading the translation right now, and enjoying it very much.

Lately (2018), I've been doing a lot of reading about Elisa Bonaparte, Napoleon's sister. Readers of The Eight will remember her as Mireille's friend during her time on Corsica. She became Grand Duchess of Tuscany. Elisa was a remarkable woman, a patron of the arts, especially the theater, and a strong advocate of women's education. She founded a boarding school for girls that was modeled after the school she went to, Saint-Cyr (which readers of The Eight will certainly remember). I have biographies of her in French by Florence Vidal and Joseph-Antoine Angeli. Unfortunately, there's not much about her in English.

Take a look at the covers of the British editions of Katherine Neville's books and the Spanish editions.

Now I'd like to answer a frequently-asked question:

The Montglane Service is not real!

You can read more about this in Katherine Neville's comments.

Take a look at Katherine Neville's comments on Mireille and Marat and my response to her comments (Note from 2018: these are from 20 years ago, and I have completely changed my mind about this since then.)

Join the Katherine Neville discussion list at yahoogroups. The group has been inactive since 2011, but I'm willing to make it active again, if someone wants to start up a discussion.

A group of high school students from Carmel, Indiana, made a 5-minute video of scenes from The Eight as part of a project for an English class in 2007. Hannah Varnau, who wrote the script and played Mireille in the video, went to my alma mater, Butler University.

Read fan fiction based on The Eight at fanfiction.net and Archive of Our Own. And feel free to write some of your own. There isn't as much of it as I thought there would be.

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Last updated Jul. 27, 2018.

Special thanks to Ellen K. Harris of Random House, who said it was all right for me to scan the covers of Katherine Neville's books.

Here is a picture of Katherine Neville and me, taken at her book signing for The Fire at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 2008:

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