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Crucifix Lane [Paperback]

Kate Mosse
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Book Description

5 Nov 1998
Briefly unconscious after a fall in London's Crucifix Lane, Annie finds herself propelled 11 years into the future and caught up with a group of people, led by the charismatic Kellen, who are helping the disadvantaged. On returning to 1997, Annie knows that London's future is in her hands.

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  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (5 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034069291X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340692912
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 38 languages. Her fiction includes the novels Labyrinth (2005), Sepulchre (2007), The Winter Ghosts (2009), and Citadel (2012), as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories,The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales (2013). Kate's new novel, The Taxidermist's Daughter, will be published in autumn 2014.

Kate is the Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (previously the Orange Prize) and in June 2013, was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature. She lives in Sussex.

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Leaving a club at six o'clock in the morning, Annie Jones is caught up in an accident and knocked unconscious. When she comes round, she finds herself inexplicably 11years into the future. The location is still recognisably London, but it is a London where the river is no longer tidal, where biopiracy is rife and where immigrant refugees have colonised the Marsh Projects, a mosquito-infested ghetto south of the river beyond the Thames Barrier.

Annie is embraced by the Network, an environmental group that provides food, medical supplies and advice to the disadvantaged, and is led by the charismatic and maverick Kellen, to whom Annie is irresistibly drawn. She is also befriended by Leah, a scientist within the Network with a specialist knowledge of the river and its potential for destruction. Gradually, as she learns more about the world in which she finds herself, Annie comes to feel more at home in 2008 than in her superficial and selfish life before the accident. But Kellen's altruism is not genuine. When Annie realises the cost of his treachery, she is compelled to choose between her old self and her new. Crucifix Lane is the setting for the final, dramatic confrontation.

Kate Mosse has written a women's thriller that explores some of the most absorbing moral issues of our time. Steeped in the atmosphere of riverside London, it draws inspiration both from Celtic mysticism and from the use and abuse of developing technology in a gripping synthesis of past and future.


'It could be argued that the defining emotion of all fins-de-siecle -- and certainly this one -- is anxiety, coupled with a vague sense of destiny and, of course, a great curiosity about what life in the new century will be like. All these emotions are cleverly harnessed by Kate Mosse in her second novel, Crucifix Lane.' (Jane Shilling, The Times )

'[a] likeable ... futuristic thriller' (The Independent )

'Lively, New Age variation on a traditional apocalyptic theme' (The Times )

'Scary and very clever' (Cosmopolitan )

'a good read' (Literary Review ) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So much better than Labyrinth 12 April 2008
By Annabel Gaskell VINE VOICE
The world is just the same but also oh so different 11 years into the future in Kate Mosse's future chiller, as clubber Annie finds out when she wakes up after a fall in Crucifix Lane. Adopted into a group of do-gooders who ostensibly help London's ghettoised poor, she falls for their leader, Kellen. However he has other motives ...

At its heart the real star of this novel is the omnipresent river Thames - dyed blue to make it look good, but slowly creeping up in level waiting for its big chance to drown decadent London. The ecoscience theme behind the main story gets its message across without ramming it down your throat. Intelligently written with believable characters - I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Mosse's debut novel.
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This is a good foray into the future world that we have racing ahead to meet us in only 20 or so years. This makes the book an interesting mixture of the easy to understand here and now of emotions that we all feel today, blended with the fear of the unknown fate that will befall us.
I enjoyed the book. The main character, Annie, was well constructed, with a commmon fear for responsibility and disinterest in many aspects of her life. Thrown unexpectedly forwards in time she enjoys the challenges that face her, while not venturing too far from what she knows well - in terms of geographical areas. This is clever as we can build a clear and detailed picture of one area - London, rather than a vague idea about what the future of England will be like.
The other characters could have been bult up further but that would have been at the expense of a longer book so I would change nothing. In particular the book avoids the technophile approach in elaborate detailing of new inventions You see the technology we have today with minor changes in perspective, giving the book an uneasy familiarity with the future when, in fact, much has changed behind closed doors.
I recommend you should read this book if you believe that the next 20 years will mean changing politics, different trends, smaller cars and better buses - but essentially more of the same. It could be one mistake too many. Read on...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very readable eco-thriller 8 Aug 2001
By Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER
Occupying a territory somewhere between Christopher Priest (double reality) and Maggie Gee (political and ecological perspective) this is well written and exciting - though it doesn't offer any enormous surprises. I was also a bit disappointed with the hackneyed devices she used to convey to the reader the scientific information she wanted us to have - either assuming a level of idiocy in the central character which didn't make sense, or having conversations between people who would both have had the required knowledge of the 'remind me about the theory of relativity Neville I just happen to have forgotten it even though my name is Albert Einstein' variety!
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect transaction, good book 13 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Reading Kate Mosse books is like living in the story she is telling.
You get invoved and it is hard to stop reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept 26 Nov 2009
Kate Mosse is best known for her epic historical novels; Labyrinth and Sepulchre - both of which I loved so I was intrigued to discover that she had written a science-fiction novel set in the future. This was written back in the early nineties and the 'future' that the story is set in is 2008.

This is not just science-fiction, but a thriller and something of a love story too. The story centres around Annie - a girl from the 90s who is catapulted into the near future. Set in a London that Annie hardly recognises, that is on the verge of apocalyse, where nature is being abused and ordinary people live in swamps alongside the Thames.

The story is quite suspenseful, the characters are well written, although not terribly likeable and some of scientific facts are a little hard to follow.

All in all, I found this a good read. I enjoy Mosse's historical novels more, but this is a good crack at science-fiction with a definate female perspective.
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