Talk and Reading by Kate Mosse OBE from Her Novel “The Taxidermist’s Daughter” and a Preview of Her New Novel to be Published Later in the Year. (Code KM) Sorry Event Full

Arrive at 7p.m. for a 7:30p.m. start.

Kate Mosse is an International best selling Author with sales of more than 6 million books in 42 languages.

Kate, who grew up in Fishbourne in the 60’ and 70’s in the heart of the Area of Outstanding National Beauty, and who now lives in Chichester, will tell us about how Chichester Harbour and her childhood home have provided the inspiration for her writing, in particular the No.1 bestselling Gothic thriller THE TAXIDERMIST’S DAUGHTER which is set in and around St Peter’s Church and Fishbourne Creek.

In her Author’s Note, Kate explains that where the multi-million bestseller Labyrinth and its successors, Sepulchre and Citadel were love letters to Carcassone, THE TAXIDERMIST’S DAUGHTER – set in Fishbourne in 1912 – is her love letter to her home village. The village, its situation and its scenery, helped form her as a writer and her affection for Fishbourne springs out of every page.

Kate was much influenced by childhood visits to the celebrated Walter Potter’s Museum of Taxidermy, which was then located in Arundel. In one of many outstanding reviews, the Independent wrote: ‘Connie is a luminously engaging heroine, full of verve and courage and Mosse immediately sweeps us up into her quest to understand and to save her father. The taxidermy is superbly drawn, enhanced by increasingly sinister extracts from the 1820 book The Art of Collecting, Preparing and Mounting Objects of Natural History by Mrs R Lee. Kate reminds us how taxidermy, now a niche interest, was the only way in which our ancestors could understand the reality of rare or foreign animals or birds – and how it was on show in even humble houses. This is a beautiful, brilliant book, full of heart and superb twists, with an unforgettable heroine and a mystery that will have you thinking long after you’ve turned the last page’.

Kate will also give an exclusive insight into her new sequence of novels – THE BURNING CHAMBERS QUARTET – which will be published from 2018, as well as share a few stories about the other areas of her life in writing and the theatre.

Cost: Members £10 Guests £15 to include light refreshments

Your Host for the evening: Val Evans

Venue: St Peter’s Church Hall, Fishbourne Road West (A259), Fishbourne PO19 3JW Free Parking

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