The Simpson Travel Book Club with Kate Mosse

Recommended reads to complement your holiday, from bestselling author Kate Mosse.

"It’s a great pleasure to be curating the first-ever choices for the Simpson Travel Book Club. As a devoted Simpson Traveller, any holiday begins at the moment I start to pack the books that will keep me company - on Crete, in a village of the Luberon or southern Italy, on Mallorca or the Ile de Ré. Add to that the one or two ‘just-in-case’ reads flung hastily into a bag at the airport or Eurostar terminal, it’s books that make a holiday something to remember.

The key to holiday reading is balance – it’s not supposed to be work, or a chore, but rather a chance to catch up on all the reading you never have time for at home. So, don’t pack books you ‘should’ have read, or all beach reads, or only prize winners and hefty biographies of great women and men. Rather, take a mixture of light and serious, classics and staples, familiar friends and new releases.

All Simpson guests will receive our month-by-month selection of titles for 2024, books to entertain, thrill, excite, educate, move, enjoy and share: fiction and non-fiction, different genres, different nationalities, different settings, classics and just-published. And, as a writer inspired by landscape and by place – particularly the beautiful landscape of Languedoc – I’ve thrown in a few additional destination-specific suggestions that will bring to life the countryside through which you’re walking: endless skies and pink horizons, sun, sea and sand, pine forests and mountains, there’s a perfect book for everyone.

Enjoy! "

Kate Mosse, January 2024

About Kate

Kate Mosse is the bestselling author of ten novels & short story collections, including Labyrinth, The Winter Ghosts, The Taxidermist’s Daughter, The Burning Chambers, and The Ghost Ship. Her books have been translated into 38 languages and published in more than 40 countries. She has also written four works of non-fiction - including the highly-acclaimed memoir An Extra Pair of Hands and Warrior Queens & Quiet Revolutionaries: How Women (Also) Built the World - four plays and contributed essays and introductions to classic novels and collections.

A champion of women's creativity, Kate is the Founder Director of the Women's Prize for Fiction and the Women's Prize for Non-Fiction, the Founder of the global Women in History campaign and in 2013 was awarded an OBE for her services to literature and women. She is a regular guest on arts shows for radio and television and interviews writers, directors, campaigners and actors at literary and theatre festivals in the UK and beyond. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Professor of Creative Writing & Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester and in 2019 was awarded a Fellowship at the Writer's House in Amsterdam.



The City of Tears

The Burning Chambers

The Ghost Ship

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Membership of The Simpson Travel Book Club is complimentary.
We look forward to sending you Kate's recommended reads for 2024 once you have booked your holiday.



Creative writing in Crete

If you have literary aspirations of your own, why not join our Creative Writing week this summer?
Hosted by Greg and Kate Mosse at our charming Arosmari Village Hotel, we promise inspiration and relaxation in equal measure.