Author(s): Kate Mosse
When Dr Alice Tanner discovers two skeletons during an archaeological dig in southern France, she unearths a link with a horrific and brutal past. But it's not just the sight of the shattered bones that makes her uneasy; there's an overwhelming sense of evil in the tomb that Alice finds hard to shake off, even in the bright French sunshine. Puzzled by the words carved inside the chamber, Alice has an uneasy feeling that she has disturbed something which was meant to remain hidden...Eight hundred years ago, on the night before a brutal civil war ripped apart Languedoc, a book was entrusted to Alais, a young herbalist and healer. Although she cannot understand the symbols and diagrams the book contains, Alais knows her destiny lies in protecting their secret, at all costs. Skilfully blending the lives of two women divided by centuries but united by a common destiny, LABYRINTH is a powerful story steeped in the atmosphere and history of southern France.
The brilliant, highly-acclaimed Sunday Times No.1 bestseller. Effortlessly weaving together past and present, Kate Mosse has written an engrossing 'time-slip' novel - the perfect big summer read. LABYRINTH combines brilliant storytelling, strong characters with a puzzle that has obsessed men for centuries: the secret of the Grail. 'LABYRINTH is a reader's Holy Grail, mixing legend, religion, history, past and present in a heart-wrenching, thrilling tale. Eat your heart out, Dan Brown, this is the real thing' Val McDermid. 'Admirably bold ... intriguing ... passionate' Sunday Times. 'This is a spellbinding adventure story about destiny, betrayal and secrets' Real. 'Saturated with a passionate understanding of the region's past in a way that puts more conventional historical accounts to shame' Guardian. 'Labyrinth has all the ingredients of a summer blockbuster' Daily Mail. Kate Mosse is an extremely accomplished, highly promotable author. Kate's website, orangelabyrinth.co.uk, has had over 3 million hits. Rights for LABYRINTH have sold so far in Germany, Russia, France, Italy, Holland and Greece.
Winner of British Book Awards: Best Read of the Year 2006.
Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Popular Fiction Award 2006.
'a gripping holy grail quest ... the story line runs on knowledge and fun - Carcassonne never looked so good.' -- Anthony Sattin SUNDAY TIMES 'The author has combined an ingenious adventure story with a wonderfully detailed account of the historical background of the Languedoc ... the result is entirely compelling and full of incidental pleasures.' -- Christina Koning THE TIMES 'Pacey and addictive' -- Kate Saunders THE TIMES
Kate Mosse presented BBC 4's Readers and Writers Roadshow and is a regular guest and presenter on The Culture Show, BBC Radio 4's Saturday Review, Open Book and Front Row. She is the co-founder and Honorary Director of the Orange Prize for Fiction, and was named European Woman of Achievement for her contribution to the arts. She lives with her husband and children in West Sussex and Carcassonne.