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About Kate Mosse

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Kate Mosse is the author of eleven novels & short story collections, including the No 1 bestselling The Joubert Family Chronicles – The Burning Chambers, The City of Tears, The Ghost Ship and The Map of Bones – as well as the multimillion selling Languedoc Trilogy - Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel - and No 1 bestselling Gothic fiction including The Winter Ghosts and The Taxidermist's Daughter. Her books have been translated into 38 languages and published in more than 40 countries. She has also written four works of non-fiction – including her memoir about caring An Extra Pair of Hands and Warrior Queens & Quiet Revolutionaries: How Women (Also) Built the World.  She has also written four plays, contributed essays and introductions to classic novels and collections. Her novel for Quick Reads, The Black Mountain, was published in 2022 and she contributed a story to the international bestselling Miss Marple Collection of Short Stories, Marple.

A champion of women's creativity, Kate is the Founder Director of the Women's Prize for Fiction & the Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction - the largest annual celebration of women's writing in the world - and is the Founder of the global campaign #WomanInHistory launched in January 2021 to honour, celebrate and promote women’s achievements throughout history. She was awarded a CBE in the King’s New Year’s Honours List 2024 for services to literature, women and charity, was named Woman of the Year for her service to the arts in the Everywoman Awards. She is a Trustee of the British Library, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Authors. A regular guest on book & arts shows on radio and television, she also writes and presents documentaries and tours her one-woman shows including Warrior Queens: The Show, Women Who Resisted: Celebrating Women of World War II and, for 2025, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of her global bestselling novel Labyrinth Live: The Secrets of the Labyrinth.

Kate hosts the pre performance interview series at Chichester Festival Theatre in Sussex, chairs Platform Events for the National Theatre in London, as well as interviewing writers, directors, campaigners and actors at literary and theatre festivals in the UK and beyond. Kate was awarded a Fellowship at the Writer's House in Amsterdam in 2019. She is a visiting Professor of Creative Writing & Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester, a Patron of the Chichester Festival of Dance, Music and Speech, President of the Festival of Chichester and Patron of the Chichester Cathedral Festival of Flowers 2024.

In 2019, Kate was honoured to be presented with a medal for services to culture by the City of Carcassonne. It is because of buying a tiny house in the shadow of the medieval city walls of Carcassonne in 1989 - and becoming inspired by the landscape, the beauty and the history of the region - that Kate became the writer she is.


Complete Bibliography


Eskimo Kissing (Hodder & Stoughton, 1996 - not in print)

Crucifix Lane (Hodder & Stoughton, 1998 - not in print)

Labyrinth (Book I Languedoc Trilogy, Orion, 2005)

Sepulchre (Book II Languedoc Trilogy, Orion, 2007)

The Winter Ghosts (Orion, 2009)

Citadel (Book III Languedoc Trilogy, Orion, 2012)

The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales (short stories, Orion, 2013)

The Taxidermist’s Daughter (Orion, 2014)

The Burning Chambers (Book I The Burning Chambers Quartet, Mantle, 2018)

The City of Tears (Book 2 The Burning Chambers Quartet, Mantle, 2021)

The Black Mountain (Quick Reads, Macmillan 2022)

Non Fiction

Becoming a Mother (Virago, 1993)

The House: Behind the Scenes at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (BBC Books, 1995)

Chichester Festival Theatre at Fifty (Unbound, 2012)

An Extra Pair of Hands (Wellcome Collection, 2021)

Warrior Queens and Quiet Revolutionaries: How Women (Also) Built the World (Mantle, 2022)


Syrinx (2009; printed version in The Mistletoe Bride, Orion 2013)

Endpapers (Oberon Books, 2011)

The Taxidermist’s Daughter (Nick Hearn Books, 2022)

The Queen of Jerusalem (2024)

Essays, Short Stories & Other Writings

Little Black Dress (story – edited by Susie Maguire, Polygon, 2006)

The Fishbourne Book (introduction - FBG, 2006)

Modern Delight (essay – Waterstones/Faber and Faber, 2009)

Midsummer Nights (story – edited by Jeanette Winterson, Quercus, 2009)

Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini (introduction – Vintage Classics,2009)

Introduction to The Writers’ & Artists Yearbook 2009 (introduction – A&C Black, 2009)

The Book Lovers’ Appreciation Society (story – edited by Fanny Blake, Orion 2009)

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (introduction – Serpent’s Tail, 2010)

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (introduction – Whites Book, 2010)

The Best Little Book Club in Town (story – edited by Fanny Blake, Orion, 2011)

Why Willows Weep (story – edited by Tracy Chevalier, 2011)

Write (essay – Guardian Books, 2012)

Goldfinger by Ian Fleming (introduction – Vintage Classics, 2012)

Night Falls on the City by Sarah Gainham (introduction – Little Brown, 2012)

The Coffee Shop Book Club (story – edited by Fanny Blake, Orion, 2013)

Virago at 40 (story – edited by Lennie Goodings, 2013)


Fifty Shades of Feminism (essay – edited by Lisa Appignanesi, Rachel Holmes & Susie Orbach, Virago, 2013)

A Chichester Miscellany by Phil Hewitt (foreword – Summersdale Publishing, 2013)

Chichester Harbour: England’s Coastal Gem by Liz Sagues (foreword – Robert Hale, 2013)

One Hundred Great Plays by Women by Lucy Kerbel (foreword – Nick Hern Books, 2013)

Writing Historical Fiction (essay – edited by Celia Brayfield and Duncan Sprott, Bloomsbury, 2014)

Anthology of World War I Literature for Children (essay – edited by Michael Morpurgo, Jonathan Cape, 2014)

Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain (afterword – Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2014)

Only Remembered (story – edited by Michael Morpurgo, Jonathan Cape, 2014)

Eleven Days (BBC Worldwide, 2015)

The Little Prince (introduction - Picador Classics, 2015)

I am Heathcliff (introduction & curator - Borough Press, 2018)

The Turn of the Screw & Owen Wingrave (afterword - Picador Classics, 2018)

Peter Abelard by Helen Waddell (introduction - Bello, 2018)

This is How We Come Back Stronger: Feminist Writers on turning Crisis Into Change edited by the Feminist Book Society, And Other Stories, £14.99

Fire Down Below by William Golding (Introduction, Faber - 2022)

The Mystery of the Acid Soil (a Miss Marple Short Story, HarperCollins, 2022)

Marple: Twelve New Stories (HarperCollins, 2022)

‘A note from Kate on her #WomanInHistory campaign'

Welcome to #WomanInHistory, the global campaign to honour and celebrate the incredible women of the past in whose footsteps we walk. The campaign began during the publication week for my latest novel, The City of Tears, at a FANE event on 20 January 2021. In an event with Jojo Moyes - with special guests Bernardine Evaristo, Ken Follett, Lee Child, Bettany Hughes, Paula Hawkins, Anita Anand, Sara Collins, Professor Kate Williams, Julia Spencer-Fleming, Madeline Miller and Damian Barr - we invited everyone to nominate a woman from history they wanted to champion or thought should be better known. I’m delighted to say there will now be a book – publishing in October 2022 – and a television documentary series inspired by the campaign.

The idea for #WomanInHistory is simple: to acknowledge women from every race, every age, every country of origin or adoption, working in every field and to applaud their achievements. To put their names back into the history books.

Within the first few days of launching the global public campaign on 27 January on my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook channels, we had thousands of nominations from every corner of the globe - Syria, Scotland, New Zealand, Iran, Nigerian, Turkey, China, Pakistan, France, Iceland, England, Germany, Wales, Poland, Ireland, Japan, Korea, India, Slovakia, Greece, North America, Brazil, Wales, Vietnam, Argentina, Vietnam, Nigeria, you name it! Women from every period of history - the far distant past, the recent past and those who are making history today – and working in every discipline: scientists, inventors, sportswomen, spies, chemists, journalists, writers, medics, rebels, leaders, martyrs, painters, composers, campaigners, actors, women of courage and warrior queens, astronauts and engineers, sculptors and philanthropists, conservationists, astronomers, physicists, pirates, agents of change, poets, designers, women of faith and women of conviction, women who refused to accept limitation, women who stood up for what they believed, women who stood up for others. Quiet revolutionaries and those who burned bright. Some of the names are familiar, others should be far better known or more generally known outside their communities. Too many are woman who had to live with their achievements being ignored, misrepresented or misattributed.

Fellow authors, scientists, entrepreneurs, campaigners, scientists, campaigners and many others joined the campaign – including Elif Shafak, Meera Syal, Yomi Adegoke, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Melanie Eusebe, Courttia Newland, Kim Cattrall, Martina Navratilova, Lorraine Kelly, Katie Derham, Richard Osman, Errollyn Wallen, Anthony Horowitz, Anita Sethi, Konnie Huq, Joanna Trollope, Charlotte Higgins, Kathy Lette, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Boudour Al Qasimi, Arifa Akbar, Adam Kay, Samuel West, Juno Dawson, Tony Robinson, Winsome Pinnock, Daisy Buchanan, Cathy Newman, Martha Lane Fox, Clodagh Finn, Carol Vorderman, Irenosen Okojie, Sathnam Sanghera, Professor Olivette Otele, Razia Iqbal, Oliver Burkeman, Diana Evans, Philippa Perry, Clarissa Pabi - as well as organisations and charities including Nobel Women, The Allbright Club, Women of the World, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Women in Sport, Women in Technology the Black Writers Guild.

Our original intention was to publish all the names and dates of those nominated on 8 March 2021, International Women’s Day. But, thanks to the sheer volume of suggestions, we decided to begin with celebrating our ‘First 500’ with further lists to be added, as the mighty job of putting together biographies, checking dates and names continues. You can read more here. You can find my curated reading lists – about and by brilliant women nominated - at: and since the #WomanInHistory campaign just one part of a worldwide community working in this area to honour the achievements of women of the past, we’re in the process of putting together a list of other organisations and social media campaigns to check out including @OnThisDayShe and @she_made_history to educational charities such as @the_female_lead and other trade organisations.

#WomanInHistory is about celebration. It’s about making a contribution in this area where many women and organisations all over the world are already promoting and advocating for women of the past. It’s about being inspired, about honouring all the women to whom the world owes so much, it’s about putting women back at the centre of history.