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Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (July 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849161836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849161831
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,856,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Mosse is the author of the # 1 International bestseller LABYRINTH, and a presenter for BBC television and radio in London. Born in 1961, she grew up in West Sussex, England, she read English at Oxford and holds honorary MAs from Oxford and Chichester Universities. A publisher for seven years, she is the Co-Founder & Honorary Director of the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Orange Award for New Writers, the prestigious annual literary awards celebrating international writing in English by women. She is also a television and radio presenter for the BBC in London, fronting such series as 'The Readers & Writers Roadshow' and 'Open Book.'

Previous books include Becoming a Mother and The House: Behind the Scenes at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, as well as two novels Eskimo Kissing and Crucifix Lane. LABYRINTH, her international # 1 bestseller, was published in the UK in July 2005. A Sunday Times #1 bestseller in hardback and paperback, and a New York Times Top 10 bestseller, it was the over all best selling book in the UK for 2006 and won 'Best Read of the Year' in the British Book Awards. It is also shortlisted for the IMPAC international literary award, for a CWA Steel Dagger and has been shortlisted for 'Author of the Year' for the 2007 British Book Awards. LABYRINTH is published in 40 countries.

A former Executive Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, Kate is a member of the Royal Society of Arts, a Board member of the international sponsorship organisation Arts & Business, Kate was named International Woman of Achievement in 2000 for her contribution to the Arts.

Kate lives with her husband and two teenage children in Sussex, England, and Carcassonne, southwest France.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence D. Devoe on February 4, 2010
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A collection of short stories commissioned for the Glyndebourne Festival includes submissions by some of today's leading UK authors. Each story is intended to spin off the themes of operas both well and not so well known. This proves an interesting concept as part of the fun of reading this book is to figure out which operas are represented in each story. For the most part, this is not a challenge as the majority of these stories identify the opera in question straight off. Taken as a whole, this is an uneven volume. Fortunately, with an anthology of short stories, the reader can pick and choose. Some stories rise to significant heights, eg, "My Lovely Countess" (Le Nozze di Figaro), "First Snow" (Eugen Onegin), "First Lady of Song" (Makropoulos Affair). Others make you wonder, why bother?: "Fidelio and Bess,"(Fidelio and Porgy and Bess), "To Die For" (La Traviata), and "Forget my fate" (Dido and Aeneas) However, there is one real gem in this collection, "Freedom," which relates an apochryphal story of the great Irish tenor John McCormack. In it, he performs a little known opera "Natoma" (about native Americans) to a tribe of real native Americans in the Western Plains. This book will appeal primarily to operaphiles as many of the insider references will simply seem obscure to most readers. As an aid to the latter group,the appendix lists synopses of the cited operas as well as brief bios of the contributing authors. Despite some caveats, there is enjoyment to be found in this book and if you don't care for the writing, there are some great cartoons in its mid-section.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Hotchkiss on July 19, 2011
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I don't really know what qualifies as "summer reading," but I'll bet this collection comes close. As you would expect with any anthology, this one is spotty. Some very good stories, even one or two worth re-reading; others something less than up to their author's par, but no real clunkers. I recommend suspending any expectation you may have for any given story to reflect something of the opera that supposedly inspired it. About five or six stories into the book, I discovered that giving up that notion and just going along for the ride gave certain of them more heft. Some of these pieces make me wonder if their authors have ever darkened the door of an opera house (or even listened to recordings or their selected jumping-off point), however.
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If you or your kids care about someone who mistreats animals and wrongly portrays strong women by gloating about it....... Please, BOYCOTT THIS AUTHOR. What a vindictive bitch this person is. She planted her garden near where rabbits are, and didn't do a good job of securing it so animals couldn't get to it. This beautiful bunny was only doing what is natural for him. So the rabbit ate your parsley.....sheesh. Then to photograph it half skinned & gloat how she sure did fix that damned rabbit - wow, what a woman. (spat) pure evil.

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