The City of Tears


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From the Languedoc to Paris and Amsterdam Kate Mosse's novel sees the Joubert family caught up in the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre and a frightening sequence of events thereafter . . .

About the Author

Kate Mosse is an award-winning novelist, playwright, essayist and non-fiction writer, the author of eight novels and short story collections, including the multimillion-selling Languedoc Trilogy, The Burning Chambers Series and number one bestselling Gothic fiction The Winter Ghosts and The Taxidermist's Daughter. Her books have been translated into thirty-seven languages and published in more than forty countries. The Founder Director of the Women's Prize for Fiction, she is the Founder of the global Woman In History campaign.


That rare thing, a novel with vast scope and ambition, brilliantly achieved, but also deeply personal, finely detailed and nuanced. I was utterly immersed in this spell-binding story
*Rosamund Lupton, author of Three Hours*

A gorgeously written, utterly absorbing epic and, despite being set in the sixteenth century, has some very pertinent messages for our time about the evils of religious persecution and the transcendent power of love and family. In case it’s not clear enough yet, I absolutely LOVED it
*Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting Party*

Magnificent, epic
*Marian Keyes, author of Grown Ups*

[A] dramatic, immersive tale of secrets, conspiracies, fanaticism and loss
*Daily Mail*

Mosse’s novel is an enjoyable, intricately plotted piece of escapism
*The Times*

Mosse shows a deft command of character and narrative in this second volume of a planned sequence
*Sunday Times*

Mosse includes all the ingredients you would expect from a historical epic – murder, treachery, lost children, stolen relics, buried secrets.
*Stephanie Merritt, Observer*

Religious fanaticism, political intrigue and the heart-wrenching tale of a lost child add to a highly readable historical adventure, with women firmly centre stage
*Mail on Sunday*

Every inch a classic Mosse novel, The City of Tears is diligently researched, beautifully written and, crucially right now, both substantial and immersive – if you want to leave twenty-first-century pandemic Britain behind, this should be your preferred mode of transport
*Radio Times*

Deft touches show a mastery of preparation, suspension and resolution within the historical thriller form
*Financial Times*

This powerful story of love, secrets and deceit is pacy, rich and stylish – and as compelling as they come. One to stay up late for
*Isabel Ashdown, author of Lake Child*

A vibrant sequel to 2018’s Burning Chambers . . . The fascinating historical detail fuels the drama and keeps the plot zipping along
*Publishers Weekly*

Mosse’s narrative lyricism, beautifully drawn female characters and deft journey from the past to the present day are a cut above
*Scotland on Sunday on The Burning Chambers*

Mosse is a master storyteller
*Madeline Miller, author of Circe*

A powerful storyteller with an abundant imagination
*Daily Telegraph*

Mosse’s fans will relish this tale of secrets, love and treachery
*The Times on The Burning Chambers*

Another of Mosse’s immersive dramas, which takes you to the heart of the past
*Grazia on The Burning Chambers*

Gripping, complex and intensely atmospheric
*Mail on Sunday on The Burning Chambers*

Deliciously detailed . . . a fast-paced and sweeping epic
*Shields Gazette*

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