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. Film rights for both novels are under negotiation.
Forthcoming works include a play commission for the Sky Arts Theatre Season, THE WINTER GHOSTS (on sale February 3, 2011) and the third novel in the Languedoc Trilogy to follow LABYRINTH and SEPULCHRE. Set before and during the Second World War in the South of France and Spain, CITADEL will be published in the UK in 2011.
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. Her two non-fiction books are: BECOMING A MOTHER, a companion to pregnancy and childbirth (now in its seventh edition), and THE HOUSE: Behind the Scenes at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
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, theHarper’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.
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 "Late Review" and presents A Good Read for BBC Radio 4.
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.
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. With their teenage children, they divide their time between Chichester, West Sussex, England, and Carcassonne, France, where they have had a house for the past 20 years.