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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Always honest with history

“The message is clear: libraries matter. Their solid presence at the heart of our towns sends the proud signal that everyone - whoever they are, whatever their educational background, whatever their age or their needs - is welcome.” Kate Mosse

English novelist Mosse, who was born on this date in 1961, not only is a champion of libraries everywhere, but also a writer of books – both fiction and nonfiction – and numerous short stories.   She is perhaps best known for her 2005 archaeological mystery novel Labyrinth, now translated into more than 37 languages.

Although known for her adventure and ghost fiction, inspired by real history, Mosse's first two works were non-fiction:  Becoming A Mother (now in its seventh edition) published in 1993 and The House: Behind the Scenes at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, published to accompany the BBC 2 show The House.

Mosse has contributed a number of essays and stories to anthologies and collections and, of course, speaks often in behalf of access to reading and libraries.  “Free and fair access to books - to reading - is a right and one we should fight for,” she said.     
Winner of many awards, she frequently speaks and writes on behalf of women in writing and the arts and is a co-founder/creator of Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, one of Britain’s most prestigious writing awards.     She has been lauded for her detail and accuracy in historical writing, and noted, “I am not a fan of historical fiction that is sloppy in its research or is dishonest about the real history.”

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