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Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse Biography

Kate Mosse was born in West Sussex, England, and educated at Chichester High School and New College, Oxford. After graduating, she spent seven years in publishing.

Her first novel, Eskimo Kissing, was published 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. Her non-fiction books are: Becoming a Mother, a companion to pregnancy and childbirth (now in its seventh edition), The House: Behind the Scenes at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Chichester Festival Theatre at Fifty.

Her breakout book 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.

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.

Her more recent works are The Winter Ghosts (2009), Citadel (Book III Languedoc Trilogy, 2012), The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales (2013) and The Taxidermist's Daughter (2014).

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, including Orange Futures, the Harper's Bazaar / Short Story Competition, she is a campaigner for literary and reading in the UK. She advises Arts Council England on a range of reading, creative writing and literacy initiatives.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, 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. In 2009, Kate was invited to be an Ambassador for the Aude Tourist Board, the region of France where her bestselling novels are set.

She was also the 2012 winner of "The Spirit of Everywoman Award", awarded by NatWest. In 2013, she was named as one of publishing Top 100 most influential people by the Bookseller and one of London's 1000 most influential people in the arts by The Evening Standard.

Kate and her husband, Greg Mosse - fellow writer, poet and teacher - are the founders of the Chichester Writing Festival and teach creative writing at West Dean College, UK. They divide their time between Chichester, West Sussex, England, and Carcassonne, France.

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