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Kate Mosse

Author of Labyrinth

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About the Author

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Not to be confused with the model Kate Moss.


Works by Kate Mosse

Associated Works

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2003) — Introduction, some editions — 7,655 copies
Marple: Twelve New Stories (2022) — Contributor — 424 copies
The Library Book (2012) — Contributor — 384 copies
Midsummer Nights (1702) — Contributor — 73 copies
Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2009 (2008) — Foreword, some editions — 32 copies
Virago Is 40 (2013) — Contributor — 30 copies
Why Willows Weep: Contemporary Tales from the Woods (2011) — Contributor — 23 copies
A Second Skin: Women Write about Clothes (1998) — Contributor — 17 copies


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Mosse, Kate
Legal name
Mosse, Katharine Louise
Chichester, West Sussex, England, UK
Places of residence
West Sussex, England, UK
University of Oxford (BA|1984 - New College)
Mosse, Greg (husband)
Orange Prize for Fiction
Awards and honors
European Woman of Achievement (2007)
Officer, Order of the British Empire (2013)
Short biography
Katharine Louise Mosse OBE (born 20 October 1961) is an English novelist, non-fiction and short story writer and broadcaster. She is best known for her 2005 novel Labyrinth, which has been translated into more than 37 languages.

Mosse was born in Chichester, and raised in Fishbourne, West Sussex, the eldest of three sisters born to a solicitor. Their aunt was involved in the campaign for the ordination of women and her grandfather was a vicar. She was educated at Chichester High School For Girls and New College, Oxford and graduated in 1984 with a BA (Hons) in English. After leaving university, she spent seven years working in publishing in London for Hodder & Stoughton, then Century, and finally as an editorial director at Hutchinson, part of the Random House Group. She was a member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Women in Publishing.

She left publishing in 1992, for a writing career beginning with the non-fiction, Becoming a Mother.
Disambiguation notice
Not to be confused with the model Kate Moss.



Kate Mosse talks about Historical Fiction in Historical Fiction (December 2014)


The Great War took much more than lives. It robbed a generation of friends, lovers and futures. In Freddie Watson's case, it took his beloved brother and, at times, his peace of mind. Unable to cope with his grief, Freddie has spent much of the time since in a sanatorium. In the winter of 1928, still seeking resolution, Freddie is travelling through the French Pyrenees - another region that has seen too much bloodshed over the years. During a snowstorm, his car spins off the mountain road. Shaken, he stumbles into the woods, emerging by a tiny village. There he meets Fabrissa, a beautiful local woman, also mourning a lost generation. Over the course of one night, Fabrissa and Freddie share their stories of remembrance and loss. By the time dawn breaks, he will have stumbled across a tragic mystery that goes back through the centuries. By turns thrilling, poignant and haunting, this is a story of two lives touched by war and transformed by courage. [return][return][return]Shortish read, based 10 years after the Great War, when Freddie still hasnt recovered from the loss of his older brother in unknown circumstances whilst at the front.[return][return]It is a story about loss and memory, both for Freddie and his brother, and those in the area of France where he stops and who have a longer memory of all the people who have been lost over the centuries due to wars and battles. As ususal Mosse's work reflects an interest in the "memory of place"… (more)
nordie | 96 other reviews | Oct 14, 2023 |
Split between the 1890s and the 1st decade of the 21sr century, this is the story of American Meridith, who travels to France to investigate the composed Debussey, as well as find out more about her birth mother's family. [return][return]The characters of Hal and Julian are the weakest rendered - whilst the "motivation" of Constant is well understood (he's being driven mad by syphilis), though Julian's intensity to investigate the original tarot cards is less well defined - is he nuts, greedy or driven by something else? And his relationship with his nephew Hal is a little too bitter.… (more)
nordie | 89 other reviews | Oct 14, 2023 |
Not your average ghost story.
harishwriter | 96 other reviews | Oct 12, 2023 |
I didn’t realize this was the third book in a series until I started reading the book. In spite of that, it read very well as a stand alone.

Set along the Barbary coast in the 1600’s, a woman named Louise becomes captain of the ship she owns and sets out to thwart the pirates who a dealing in the slave trade. Louise is very unconventional and it makes life more difficult for her during those times.

Eventually she is caught and tried for murder, but instead of hanging, she is ordered into exile. Louise sets off once again and readers are left with questions about what became of her and those aboard her ship.

Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Minotaur for allowing me to read an advance copy. I am pleased to give my honest review.
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tamidale | 3 other reviews | Oct 12, 2023 |



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