Kate Mosse’s Labyrinth was a New York Times bestselling novel and a popular and critical success on an international scale. It won the Best Read category at the British Book Awards 2006, was #1 in UK paperback for six months - selling nearly two million copies - and was the biggest selling title of 2006. In 2007, it was named as one of the Top 25 books of the past 25 years by the bookselling chain Waterstone’s. It also hit the bestseller charts in various countries throughout the world, including the United States, Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Norway, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Translation rights to Labyrinth have been sold in thirty-eight languages, including Japanese, Chinese, and Hebrew.
Sepulchre, the second in Kate's Languedoc Trilogy, followed in Labyrinth’s footsteps. It too was an international bestseller, hitting the #1 spot in the UK and bestseller charts in several countries including Canada, France, Italy, Norway, Poland, Holland, Australia, New Zealand and Germany. Translation rights have also been sold in all the same territories.
Citadel, the final novel in the Trilogy, is set during World War II in Carcassonne and the Aude. It tells the story of an all female resistance unit, fighting against the Occupation of their country, but also the discovery of an ancient Codex that has the power to change the course of history. Citadel publishes in September 2012 in the UK.
Kate’s stand alone novella, The Winter Ghosts, was published in 2010. Also # 1 bestseller in the UK and France, it hit the international charts and is translated into 38 languages. Film rights have been sold to Ruby Films.
As well as many short shories and essays, other works include three play commissions - Syrinx (for Sky Arts Theatre Season), which won a Broadcasting Press Guild Award in 2001; Endpapers (for the Bush Theatre), part of the ground-breaking project, 66 Books and a major commission for Chichester Festival Theatre, Dodger, for 2013. Non fiction includes Chichester Festival Theatre at Fifty - a love letter in words and pictures to celebrate the half century anniversary of the internationally renowed theatre in Sussex - to publish in the UK in April 2012.
Mosse’s first novel, Eskimo Kissing, was published to great acclaim in 1996, followed in 1998 by the bio-tech time-travel thriller, Crucifix Lane. Her short stories and articles have appeared in a range of print media including France magazine. She currently writes a column for the weekly British book trade magazine, The Bookseller, and for The Times, The Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Independent and the Financial Times. Two previous non-fiction books are: Becoming a Mother, a companion to pregnancy and childbirth (now in its ninth edition), and The House: Behind the Scenes at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, which accompanied the Emmy winning BBC television documentary series.
Mosse is the Co-Founder & Honorary Director of the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction, set up in 1996 to celebrate outstanding fiction by women from throughout the world. A regular judge of writing, literary and art awards at national and local level - including the Asham Award, the Aventis Award, Orange Futures, the Harper’s Bazaar / Short Story Competition - she is a well known campaigner for literacy and one of the authors leading the campaign against library closures int he UK. In 2011, she was named by the Guardian and by the Bookseller as one of the top 50 most influential people in UK publishing.
Mosse is also a popular broadcaster. Kate's guests on her BBC television show include many of the world's leading authors, including Dr. Maya Angelou, Philip Pullman, Paulo Coelho, Ian McEwan, Joanna Trollope, Margaret Atwood, Jean Auel, Julie Walters, Jenny Agutter, Ian Rankin and Philippa Gregory. Kate is a regular guest on BBC One's Breakfast News, BBC Two's The Review Show and guest presenter for A Good Read for BBC Radio 4.
Mosse was named European Woman of Achievement for Contribution to the Arts in 2000. In 2006, she was awarded an Honorary Masters Degree by the University of Chichester, her hometown, for her contribution to the arts. She is also the Co-Director (with her husband, the poet and educator, Greg Mosse) of the Chichester Writing Festival, which takes place at West Dean in Sussex. In January 2011, she joined the Board of the Royal National Theatre in London.
Kate and her family divide their time between their home in Chichester, West Sussex and their home in Carcassonne - in the southwest of France - where her bestselling novels are set.
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