Times+ book club: Kate Mosse

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Join Kate Mosse for our Times+ book club on Thursday, February 17 where she will be discussing her latest book The City of Tears, with writer and journalist Julia Wheeler.

Our goal is to help to keep subscribers to The Times and The Sunday Times informed and entertained during this period and beyond through our series of live-streamed events.

Kate is a number one international bestselling novelist, playwright and non-fiction writer. Her work includes the number one bestselling, The Burning Chambers, and now, the newest of the series, The City of Tears which will be published in paperback on January 20.

Set in the August of 1572, The City of Tears is a breath-taking novel of revenge, persecution and loss. Sweeping from Paris and Chartres to the City of Tears itself - the great refugee city of Amsterdam, this is one family's survival story, against the devastating tides of history.

The City of Tears tells the story of Minou Joubert and her family who were in Paris for a Royal Wedding, an alliance between the Catholic Crown and the Huguenot King of Navarre that was intended to bring peace to France, after a decade of religious wars. So too is their oldest enemy, Vidal, still in pursuit of a relic that will change the course of history. But within days of the marriage, thousands will lie dead in the streets and Minou’s beloved family will be scattered to the four winds and one of her beloved children will have disappeared without a trace. 

Kate Mosse is the author of eight novels and short story collections, including the multimillion selling Languedoc Trilogy (Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel) and Gothic fiction The Winter Ghosts and The Taxidermist’s Daughter, which she is adapting for the stage. Her books have been translated into thirty-eight languages and published in more than forty countries. She is the Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and regularly interviews at theatre and fiction events. Kate divides her time between Chichester in West Sussex and Carcassonne in southwest France.

Julia Wheeler is a writer, journalist and events chairperson who worked for the BBC for more than 15 years, including as the BBC’s Gulf Correspondent, based in the UAE and covering the Arabian Peninsula between 2000 and 2010. She is a regular chair of events at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. 

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