26th November 201512:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Grand Connaught Rooms - London
Kate Mosse & Kate Williams
Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 42 languages. Her writing includes the novels The Winter Ghosts, Citadel, Sepulchre and Labyrinth as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories, three works of non-fiction and three plays. She is the co-founder and Chair of the Board of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (previously the Orange Prize) and in June 2013 was awarded an OBE for her services to literature.
A powerful storyteller with an abundant imagination. Daily Telegraph
In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to walk. Here, where the estuary leads out to the sea, superstition still holds sway. Standing alone is the taxidermist’s daughter. At 22, Constantia Gifford lives with her father in a decaying house: it contains all that is left of Gifford’s once world-famous museum of taxidermy.
He drinks to escape the past, but an accident has robbed her of her most significant childhood memories. Until the disturbance at the church awakens fragments of those vanished years . . .
A prize-winning history graduate of Oxford University, Kate Williams went on to study Creative Writing at Royal Holloway. Her historical non-fiction works met with widespread critical acclaim including Book of the Year in The Times. Kate writes for a vast range of magazines and newspapers and regularly appears on radio and TV to comment on topical history and arts stories. Kate’s BBC 2 Timewatch special on ‘Young Victoria’, based on Becoming Queen, was acclaimed by the Guardian as ‘telly history at its best’ and received over 2.2 milllion viewers.
Shades of Downton with a dash of Atonement. Tatler
The Edge of the Fall, her latest book, is a compelling historical saga set during the aftermath of the Great War. It follows the de Witt family who are struggling to piece together the shattered fragments of their lives. Rudolf and Verena, still reeling from the loss of their second son, don’t know how to function in the post-war world. Stoneythorpe Hall has become an empty shell with no servants to ensure its upkeep. Celia, the de Witt’s youngest daughter, is desperate to spread her wings and see more of the world. To escape Stoneythorpe and the painful secrets that lie there, she moves to London and embraces life and love in the Roaring Twenties.
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Interesting, thought-provoking talk, good food and drink, excellent company meeting old friends. What is not to like?
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