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Kate Mosse - Author

About the Author

Kate Mosse was our Guest Editor in November 2012 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

 

Kate Mosse is the author of three non-fiction books, three plays and six novels, including her multi-million selling international No 1 bestselling Languedoc Trilogy. Translated into 38 languages and published in 40 countries, the first of the series, Labyrinth, was the bestselling book in the UK in 2006, named as one of Waterstone's best novels of the past twenty five years and was made into a feature film for Channel 4 television by Ridley Scott staring John Hurt, Jessica Brown-Findlay and Tom Felton. The second in the series - the fin-de-si?cle Tarot tale, Sepulchre - and her stand alone novella, The Winter Ghosts - were also No 1 bestsellers. The third and final bestselling novel in the Trilogy, Citadel was published to outstanding reviews in October 2012 and shortlisted for the Specsavers Most Popular Novel of the Year award. Set during World War II in Carcassonne, it tells the story of courage and bravery under Occupation based around an all-female group of Resistance fighters.


In October 2013 Kate's first ever collection of stories The Mistletoe Bride & Other Winter Tales was be published. Her short fiction and essays have previously appeared in a range of magazines and books including Midsummer Nights (Quercus), The Book Lovers' Appreciation Society (Orion) and Fifty Shades of Feminism (Virago). She has also written introductions to new editions of classic novels - including Captain Blood by Raphael Sabbatini, Night Falls on the City by Sarah Gainham and Goldfinger by Ian Fleming. Other recent publications play Endpapers (Oberon Books), commissioned by the Bush Theatre for 'Sixty-Six Books', and Chichester Festival Theatre at Fifty in 2012 (Unbound).

Known as a campaigner for libraries and for promoting international writing by women, Kate is the Co-Founder & Honorary Director of the Women's Prize for Fiction - previously the Orange Prize for Fiction - and has advised prizes and festivals throughout the world in this field. In 2012, Kate was named by the Bookseller as one of the fifty most influential people in British publishing, and was presented with the 'Spirit of Everywoman Award' for her contribution to women and the arts in November.

Kate also on the board of the National Theatre in London and is Patron of The Fishbourne Centre and of the Consort of Twelve in Sussex, where she lives. Kate was awarded an OBE in June 2013.

 

Author photo © Roderick Field

Featured books by Kate Mosse

The Taxidermist's Daughter

The Taxidermist's Daughter

Author: Kate Mosse Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2015

The enthralling new Sunday Times bestselling gothic novel from the author of THE WINTER GHOSTS, CITADEL and LABYRINTH. The clock strikes twelve. Beneath the wind and the remorseless tolling of the bell, no one can hear the scream ...1912. A Sussex churchyard. Villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will not survive the coming year are thought to walk. And in the shadows, a woman lies dead. As the flood waters rise, Connie Gifford is marooned in a decaying house with her increasingly tormented father. He drinks to escape the past, but an accident has robbed her of her most significant childhood memories. Until the disturbance at the church awakens fragments of those vanished years ...

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The Taxidermist's Daughter

The Taxidermist's Daughter

Author: Kate Mosse Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/03/2015

The clock strikes twelve. Beneath the wind and the remorseless tolling of the bell, no one can hear the scream ...1912. A Sussex churchyard. Villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will not survive the coming year are thought to walk. And in the shadows, a woman lies dead. As the flood waters rise, Connie Gifford is marooned in a decaying house with her increasingly tormented father. He drinks to escape the past, but an accident has robbed her of her most significant childhood memories. Until the disturbance at the church awakens fragments of those vanished years ...

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The Winter Ghosts

The Winter Ghosts

Author: Kate Mosse Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/10/2014

Because the word ‘ghosts’ appears in the title we know what they are when they turn up but our protagonist doesn’t.  How he comes to realise this and cope with it is cleverly done in a creepy tale of persecution, war, loss and love very reminiscent of Susan Hill’s creepy tales.  It’s short and atmospheric, a one-sitting read, highly recommended. Comparison: Susan Hill, Alexandra Sololoff, Jennifer Egan.

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The Taxidermist's Daughter

The Taxidermist's Daughter

Author: Kate Mosse Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Sussex, 1912. In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to be seen. Here, where the estuary leads out to the sea, superstitions still hold sway. Standing alone is the taxidermist's daughter. At 17, Constantia Gifford lives with her father in a decaying house: it is all that is left of Gifford's once world-famous museum of taxidermy. The stuffed animals that used to grace every parlour are out of fashion, leaving Gifford a disgraced and bitter man. The bell begins to toll and all eyes are fixed on the church. No one sees the gloved hand pick up a flint. As the last notes fade into the dark, a woman lies dead. While the village braces itself against rising waters and the highest tide of the season, Connie struggles to discover who is responsible, but finds herself under suspicion. Is Constantia who she seems - is she the victim of circumstances or are more sinister forces at work? And what is the secret that lies at the heart of Gifford House, hidden among the bell jars of her father's workshop? Told over one summer, THE TAXIDERMIST'S DAUGHTER is the haunting new novel from the bestselling author of LABYRINTH, SEPULCHRE, CIDADEL and THE WINTER GHOSTS.

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Other books by Kate Mosse

Die Frauen von Carcassonne

Die Frauen von Carcassonne

Author: Kate Mosse Format: eBook Release Date: 28/01/2014

Voller Leidenschaft erzahlt Kate Mosse eine hoch emotionale Liebesgeschichte in Zeiten des Krieges - Der Nummer-1-Bestseller aus England. Carcassonne 1942: Jeden Tag sprt die junge Sandrine die Einschrnkungen durch den Krieg, doch ihre Lebensfreude lsst sie sich dadurch nicht nehmen. Selbst als sie berfallen wird, versteht sie die angstvolle Aufregung ihrer Freunde nicht: Bevor ihr Schlimmeres passieren kann, kommt ihr der junge Raoul zu Hilfe. Erst als sie erfhrt, dass die anderen lngst im Widerstand kmpfen, auch Raoul, begreift Sandrine die Gefahr, in der sie schweben ...

Wintergeister

Wintergeister

Author: Kate Mosse Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2012

In einem kleinen franzosischen Dorf lernt Frederick die geheimnisvolle Fabrissa kennen. Vom ersten Moment an scheint etwas Besonderes zwischen ihnen zu sein - doch dann ist sie plotzlich verschwunden, und niemand kann sich an sie erinnern. In einer Hohle findet Frederick einen jahrhundertealten Brief, der eindeutig fur ihn bestimmt ist ...

Das verlorene Labyrinth

Das verlorene Labyrinth

Author: Kate Mosse Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2012

Bei Ausgrabungen in einer Hohle des Languedoc entdeckt Alice Tanner zwei Skelette und eine labyrinthische Wandmalerei. Der Hauch des Bosen, den sie an dieser Statte spurt, weckt dunkle Vorahnungen in ihr. Als sich die Polizei einschaltet, verstarkt sich Alices Gefuhl, dass an dem ratselhaften Ort etwas geschehen ist, das im Verborgenen hatte bleiben sollen. Etwas, das weit in die Vergangenheit zuruckreicht ... Achthundert Jahre zuvor erhlt die junge Alas am selben Ort ein Buch mit fremdartigen Zeichen, deren schicksalhafte Bedeutung sie kennt. Sie wei dass sie das Geheimnis des Buches hten muss - um jeden Preis. Verlust, Intrige, Gewalt und Leidenschaft prgen fortan das Leben beider Frauen. Und immer wieder werden ihrer beider Schicksale durch das Labyrinth auf geheimnisvolle Weise miteinander verknpft

Die achte Karte

Die achte Karte

Author: Kate Mosse Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2012

Als die junge Meredith auf der Suche nach ihren Wurzeln durch Paris streift, stot sie auf ein seltenes und unvollstandiges Set Tarotkarten aus vergangener Zeit. Die geheimnisvollen Abbildungen schlagen sie sofort in ihren Bann, denn eine Figur tragt unverkennbar Merediths Gesichtszuge. Was die junge Frau nicht wei: Die Karten erzahlen von einem schrecklichen Ungluck in ihrer Familie - und es scheint, als habe sie die alten Geister wieder geweckt ...

Winter Ghosts

Winter Ghosts

Author: Kate Mosse Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2011

From the New York Times bestselling author of Sepulchre and Labyrinth-a compelling story of love, ghosts and remembrance. World War I robbed England and France of an entire generation of friends, lovers and futures. In Freddie Watson's case, the battlefields took his beloved brother and, at times, his peace of mind. In the winter of 1928, still seeking some kind of resolution, Freddie is travelling through the beautiful but forbidding French Pyrenees. During a snowstorm, his car spins off the mountain road. Freezing and dazed, he stumbles through the woods, emerging in a tiny village, where he finds an inn to wait out the blizzard. There he meets Fabrissa, a lovely young woman also mourning a lost generation. Over the course of one night, Fabrissa and Freddie share their stories. By the time dawn breaks, Freddie will have unearthed a tragic mystery that goes back through the centuries, and discovered his own role in the life of this old remote town.By turns thrilling, poignant, and haunting, this is a story of two lives touched by war and transformed by courage.

Sepulchre

Sepulchre

Author: Kate Mosse Format: eBook Release Date: 22/04/2008

October 1891: Seventeen-year-old Lonie Vernier and her brother, Anatole, abandon the gaslit streets of Paris for the sleepy mountain town of Rennes-les-Bains in southwest France. Theyve come at the invitation of their widowed aunt, whose estate, the Domaine de la Cade, is famous in the region. But their aunt, and the Domaine, are not what Lonie had imagined. Aunt Isolde is young, willowy, and beautiful, yet with a melancholy air that suits the slightly sinister Domaine. Lonie discovers that the isolated country house and its ancient forests have long been the subject of local superstition; when she stumbles across a ruined Visigoth sepulchre, she unwittingly involves herself with the timeless mystery of this eerie place, which may be spelled out in a strange pack of tarot cards that is rumored to hold the power of life and death. While Lonie delves deeper into the secrets of the Domaine, a different evil stalks her familyone that may explain why Lonie and Anatole were invited to Rennes-les-Bains in the first place.October 2007: More than a century later, Meredith Martin, an American graduate student, arrives in Rennes-les-Bains. She checks into a grand old hotelthe Domaine de la Cadeand almost instantly, strange dreams and visions begin to haunt her waking hours. A chance encounter leads her to a pack of tarot cards painted by Lonie Vernier, which may hold the key to this twenty-first-century Americans fate . . . and explain the ties that bind the two women together.As the Feast of All Saints approacheswhen the veil between life and death is thinnestMeredith is drawn inexorably to a secluded forest glade where the secrets of the past are far from buried. From the Compact Disc edition.