Kate’s biography

Taken at CITADEL publication launch October 2012

Kate Mosse is a novelist, non-fiction writer, playwright and short story writer. The first of her Languedoc Trilogy, Labyrinth, was a multi-million worldwide bestseller 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 and was named as one of the Top 25 books of the past 25 years by the bookselling chain Waterstones. Translated into thirty languages, it hit the bestseller charts in countries including the USA, Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Norway, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. A major television film – produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free – was broadcast on Channel 4 at Easter 2013.

Sepulchre, the second in the Languedoc Trilogy, followed in Labyrinth’s footsteps and was an international bestseller, hitting the #1 spot in the UK and bestseller charts in several countries. Citadel, the final novel in the Trilogy, followed in its footsteps and was a runaway critical and commercial success. The audio version was read by Finty Williams.

Kate is also known for her shorter fiction. The Winter Ghosts, also a No 1 bestseller, came out in 2009. Film rights have been sold to Ruby Films with Rory Kinnear – scriptwriter of We Need to Talk About Kevin – writing the screenplay.

In October 2013, her first ever collection of short stories – The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales – will be published.  Fourteen tales intended to send a shiver down readers’ spines, the audio version is read by Simon Russell Beale and Sian Thomas, with Kate herself reading the introduction and author’s note.


Having been a publisher, Kate’s writing career started in 1996.  Her debut novel, Eskimo Kissing, was published to critical acclaim, followed in 1998 by the bio-tech time-travel thriller, Crucifix Lane. 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, published in 2015 as a celebration of the first half decade in the theatre’s life.

Kate’s first play, Syrinx, was commissioned for Sky Theatre Arts Live, which won a Broadcasting Press Guild Award in 2009. Her second was Endpapers, commissioned as part of Sixty-Six Books for the Bush Theatre in London. She is currently working on a major history play for Chichester Festival Theatre inspired by the life of a twelfth century queen of Jerusalem.

Kate is on the Board of the National Theatre in London and a patron of the Sussex early music ensemble, The Consort of Twelve.  She is also a Co-Founder & Chair of the Board of the Women’s Prize for Fiction – previously the Orange Prize and, from 2014, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Named European Woman of Achievement for Contribution to the Arts, in 2012 she won ‘The Spirit of Everywoman’ award and in June 2013 was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to literature.