Join Labyrinth's Kate Mosse on a tour of magical Carcassonne this autumn

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Good Housekeeping readers looking for the ultimate literary escape this autumn can delve into the world of myths and mystery with author Kate Mosse OBE in Carcassonne on a unique tour of the medieval southern French town.

The magical hilltop citadel of Carcassonne was the inspiration for Kate's best-selling novels, as well as other creatives like Walt Disney - remember that sparkling castle in the opening credits of his films? It's modelled on this beautiful town.

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Walking through its warm stone alleys and gazing up at the turrets and fortified walls, you’re filled with a sense of awe and wonder.

It’s no surprise then, that this historic French spot has greatly influenced Mosse in the writing of her new novel, The Burning Chambers, while her award-winning Languedoc trilogy, made up of Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel, tell stories of the region through time.

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“It's my passion for the history and landscape of the Languedoc region, and Carcassonne’s medieval citadel in particular, that inspires my storytelling,” she says. “Whenever I see its 52 turrets and towers, the mellow stone against the blue sky, I can hardly believe it is real."

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Good Housekeeping readers have the amazing opportunity to set foot in this fantastic ancient city and meet the novelist herself on an exclusive seven-day tour, visiting sites like Mirepoix traditional market and the ruins of Montsegur Castle, the Cathars’ last stronghold.

You will stay within Carcassonne’s fortified walls, at the atmospheric four-star Le Donjon hotel, and have the chance to visit Rennes les Bains, the small village that features in The Burning Chambers, known for its natural hot springs.

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Following in the characters’ footsteps, you will visit regions beyond Carcassonne, including Toulouse, Narbonne and Béziers. You will also uncover the fascinating story of the ancient region and hear from Kate in an exclusive talk and Q&A.

As well as becoming Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of the Women’s Prize for Fiction in June 2013, Kate was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to literature. She divides her time between Sussex and Carcassonne.

Book your place on this wonderful week-long tour in October 2021 and enjoy dinner and drinks with Kate Mosse in Majestic Carcassonne.

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