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The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales

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An easy read of fourteen short stories and a one act play, all with a mystical theme which Kate Mosse is so good at portraying. Each is accompanied by an author’s note and although some have been published before, have not appeared together as a complete work. Set in Sussex, Brittany and the Languedoc, some are reworked folk legends, others original ghost tales and some reminiscent of the author’s novels. The title story tells of a young bride at her wedding feast who invites the younger guests to play hide and seek. She is never found, why and what happens is very sad.

If you like Kate Mosse you might also like to read books by Kathy Reichs, Susan Hill and Karen Maitland.

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Synopsis

The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales by Kate Mosse

These tales are richly populated by spirits and ghosts seeking revenge; by grief-stricken women and haunted men coming to terms with their destiny - all rooted deep in the elemental landscapes of Sussex, Brittany and the Languedoc. The collection will include The Mistletoe Bride, La Fille de Melisande, Red Letter Day, The Lending Library, The House on the Hill...

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Full of vengeful spirits, grieving women and haunted men, these are atmospheric stories that will linger long in the memory. * GLAMOUR * an atmospheric collection of short stories from one of Britain's most captivating writers -- Sheila O'Reilly, Dulwich Books * ABSOLUTELY (LONDON) MAGAZINE * Mosse's love of history and of ghosts and legends mix in her new collection of short stories ... Mosse creates beautiful scenarios * SUNDAY EXPRESS * This collection is captivating ... once again fans of Mosse are in for a treat * IRISH EXAMINER * Perfect for reading while snuggled up against the winter weather * CANDIS MAGAZINE * With Halloween and ghostly stuff creeping up on us once more, it's the perfect time to dip into this captivating collection of short stories and illustrations, inspired by classic British and French folk tales. Lovely stuff. * STAR magazine * Kate Mosse is also a master of the short form ... Her ability to blur the lines between eras is so fluid its testament to her writing ... the ancient and modern ghostly tales of Mosse's anthology left us fearful, but fulfilled * STYLIST * These eerie tales are perfect for stormy winter darkness -- Eithne Farry * DAILY MAIL *


About the Author

Kate Mosse

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

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Publication date

24th October 2013

Author

Kate Mosse

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
304 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Short stories

ISBN

9781409148043

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