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Kate Mosse talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The City of Tears

Hay Festival 2022 , 

The bestselling novelist introduces her new book in conversation with the broadcaster, author and journalist. May 1572: for ten violent years the Wars of Religion have raged across France. Now a precarious peace is in the balance and a royal wedding has been negotiated that could see France reunited at last. An invitation has arrived for Minou Joubert and family to attend this historic union: the Joubert family’s oldest enemy will also be there. Within days of the marriage, her family will be scattered to the four winds and one of her children will have disappeared. Sweeping from Paris and Chartres to the ‘City of Tears’ itself – the great refugee city of Amsterdam – it’s a story of one family’s fight to stay together and survive against the devastating tides of history.

Kate Mosse talks to Sarfraz Manzoor