Kate Mosse The City of Tears

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A breathtaking historical novel of revenge, persecution and loss, The City of Tears by Kate Mosse follows on from her Sunday Times number one bestseller, The Burning Chambers.

May 1572: for ten violent years the Wars of Religion have raged across France. Neighbours have become enemies, countless lives have been lost, and the country has been torn apart over matters of religion, citizenship and sovereignty. But now a precarious peace is in the balance and a royal wedding has been negotiated. It is a marriage that could see France reunited at last.

An invitation has arrived for Minou Joubert and her family to attend this historic wedding in Paris in August. But what Minou does not know is that the Joubert family's oldest enemy, Vidal, will also be there. Nor that, within days of the marriage, on the eve of the Feast Day of St Bartholomew, her family will be scattered to the four winds and one of her beloved children will have disappeared without trace . . .

Sweeping from Paris and Chartres to the City of Tears itself - the great refugee city of Amsterdam - this is a story of one family's fight to stay together and survive against the devastating tides of history . . .

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.

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'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

'The focus in her historical fiction has always been on the untold stories of women and Minou is an appealing heroine. Mosse includes all the ingredients you would expect from a historical epic - murder, treachery, lost children, stolen relics, buried secrets - but she also dramatizes the complexities of sixteenth-century French and Dutch politics without weighing it down. This is a compelling story of how political upheavals play out in individual lives'
- Stephanie Merritt, Observer

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