CULTURE

Meet author of ‘Labyrinth,’ Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse, author of the best-selling novel «Labyrinth,» will be in Greece next week to meet the public for the British Council’s UK Writers in Greece series. Author, broadcaster, co-founder of the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Orange Award for New Writers, an arts administrator and creative-writing teacher, Mosse had already had a high-profile career in the arts, when her third novel, «Labyrinth,» became a UK and international best-seller. It is an international No 1 best-seller, and has been translated into 37 languages including Greek. It was chosen as one of Waterstone’s Top 100 novels of the past 25 years and was voted the Richard & Judy Read of the Year 2006. «Labyrinth» brings together the lives of two women who are separated by time but united by a shared destiny. July 2005: In the Pyrenees near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer on an archaeological dig, stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery – two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth. Eight hundred years earlier: On the eve of a brutal crusade that will rip apart southern France, a young woman named Alais is given a ring and a mysterious book for safekeeping by her father. The book, he says, contains the secret of the true Grail, and the ring, inscribed with a labyrinth, will identify a guardian of the Grail. Now, as crusading armies gather outside the city walls of Carcassonne, it will take a tremendous sacrifice to keep the secret of the labyrinth safe. Mosse’s new best-seller «Sepulchre,» currently on the UK best-seller list, a mystery of revenge and obsession, is also set in southern France. Labyrinth is published in Greece by Kedros, which will also bring out «Sepulchre» later this year. In Athens, Mosse will be in conversation with Scottish writer Paul Johnston. Nicola Rehling from Aristotle University’s School of English, will facilitate the discussion in Thessaloniki. The events will be in English. Admission is free. Mar 18, 8 p.m., British Council, 17 Kolonaki Sq, Athens. Mar 19, 7.30 p.m., British Council, 9 Ethnikis Amyni, Thessaloniki.