Sarah Dunant

  • Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the familyyes'>#8217;s Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painteryes'>#8217;s abilities.But their burgeoning relationship is interrupted when Alessandrayes'>#8217;s parents arrange her marriage to a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, Florence is changing, increasingly subject to the growing suppression imposed by the fundamentalist monk Savonarola, who is seizing religious and political control. Alessandra and her native city are caught between the Medici state, with its love of luxury, learning, and dazzling art, and the hellfire preaching and increasing violence of Savonarolayes'>#8217;s reactionary followers. Played out against this turbulent backdrop, Alessandrayes'>#8217;s married life is a misery, except for the surprising freedom it allows her to pursue her powerful attraction to the young painter and his art.The Birth of Venus is a tour de force, the first historical novel from one of Britainyes'>#8217;s most innovative writers of literary suspense. It brings alive the history of Florence at its most dramatic period, telling a compulsively absorbing story of love, art, religion, and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, a heroine with the same vibrancy of spirit as he beloved city.From the Hardcover edition.

  • Marla';s best friend, Elly, left England two years ago on a soul-searching trip through South America. Except for receiving a few postcards, Marla has not heard from her since. Then, Marla receives a strange letter from Elly begging her to fly to New York. But the person Marla meets at the airport is a very different woman from the strong, carefree friend she remembers. Elly, now well-dressed and thin, has acquired a park-view apartment, a house in the Hamptons, and a charismatic, manipulative, cocaine-smuggling boyfriend named Lenny.
    As Marla tries to free her friend from the dual addictions of love and cocaine, she unravels a story of seduction and power in Columbia and of desire and betrayal in California. Caught in a web of deceptions, the threat of violence mounting around them, Marla decides to take on Lenny and his empire. But Lenny-like the drug he peddles-has no intention of letting Elly go.

  • This new deluxe eBook edition features more than eighty additional pages of exclusive, author-approved annotations throughout the text, which contain new illustrations and photographs, to enrich your reading experience. You can access the eBook annotations with a simple click or tap on your eReader via the convenient links. Access them as you read the novel or as supplemental material after finishing the entire story. There is also Random House Readers Circle bonus content, which is sure to inspire discussion at book clubs everywhere.
    Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the familys Florence palazzo. A child of the Renaissance with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the artists abilities.
    But Alessandras parents have made plans for their daughter, and she is soon married off to a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, the reign of the Medicis, with their love of luxury, learning, and dazzling art, is being threatened by the hellfire preaching and increasing brutality of the fundamentalist monk Savonarola and his reactionary followers. As the city shudders with violence and change, Alessandra must find her own way--and finally explore the passions shes kept so long at bay.
    Simply amazing, so brilliantly written . . . almost inolerably exciting at times, and at others, equally poignant.--Antonia Fraser A broad mural bursting with color, passion, and intrigue.--People

  • People go missing every day. They walk out of their front doors and out of their lives into the silence of cold statistics. For those left behind it is the cruelest of long goodbyes.Anna, a selfsufficient and reliable single mother, packs her bags one day for a short vacation to Italy. She leaves her beloved sixyearold daughter, Lily, at home in London with good friends. But when Anna doesn't return, everyone begins to make excuses until the likelihood that she might not come back becomes chillingly clear. And the people who thought they knew Anna best realize they don't know her at all. How could she leave her daughter? Why doesn't she call? Is she enjoying a romantic tryst with a secret lover? Or has she been abducted or even killed by a disturbed stranger? Did that person you loved so much and thought you knew so well did they simply choose to go and not come back? Or did someone do the choosing for them?Dunant, a masterly British suspense writer, skillfully interweaves parallel narratives that are stretched taut with tension even as they raise difficult questions about motherhood, friendship, and accountability. In this compelling hybrid of sophisticated crime writing and modern women's fiction, Dunant challenges and unnerves us as she redefines the boundaries of the psychological thriller.Missing rubs the soul raw. In place of answers all you have is your imagination.

  • BONUS: This edition contains a Sacred Heartsyes'>#160;discussion guide.The year is 1570, and a new novice has just been forced into the Italian convent of Santa Caterina. Ripped by her family from the man she loves, sixteenyearold Serafina is sharp and defiant. Her first night inside the walls is spent in an incandescent rage so violent that the dispensary mistress, Suora Zuana, is dispatched to the girl’s cell to sedate her. Thus begins a complex relationship of trust and betrayal. As Serafina rails against her incarceration, disorder and rebellion mount inside the convent, while beyond its walls, the dictates of the CounterReformation begin to impose a regime of oppression that threatens what little freedom the nuns have enjoyed. Acclaimed author Sarah Dunant brings the intricate Renaissance world compellingly to life in this rich, engrossing, multifaceted love story encompassing the passions of the flesh, the exultation of the spirit, and the deep, enduring power of friendship.

  • People go missing every day. They walk out of their front doors and out of their lives into the silence of cold statistics. For those left behind it is the cruelest of long goodbyes.Anna, a selfsufficient and reliable single mother, packs her bags one day for a short vacation to Italy. She leaves her beloved sixyearold daughter, Lily, at home in London with good friends. But when Anna doesn't return, everyone begins to make excuses until the likelihood that she might not come back becomes chillingly clear. And the people who thought they knew Anna best realize they don't know her at all. How could she leave her daughter? Why doesn't she call? Is she enjoying a romantic tryst with a secret lover? Or has she been abducted or even killed by a disturbed stranger? Did that person you loved so much and thought you knew so well did they simply choose to go and not come back? Or did someone do the choosing for them?Dunant, a masterly British suspense writer, skillfully interweaves parallel narratives that are stretched taut with tension even as they raise difficult questions about motherhood, friendship, and accountability. In this compelling hybrid of sophisticated crime writing and modern women's fiction, Dunant challenges and unnerves us as she redefines the boundaries of the psychological thriller.Missing rubs the soul raw. In place of answers all you have is your imagination.

  • 1570 in the Italian city of Ferrara, and the convent of Santa Caterina is filled with noble women who are married to Christ because many cannot find husbands outside. Enter sixteen-year-old Serafina, ripped by her family from an illicit love affair, howling with rage and hormones and determined to escape. While on the other side of the great walls, counter-reformation forces in the Church are pushing for change, inside, Serafina's spirit and defiance ignite a fire that threatens to engulf the whole convent.



    SACRED HEARTS is a novel about power, creativity and passion - both of the body and of the soul. Hidden history brought alive by a wonderful storyteller, renowned for her Italian Renaissance novels.
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  • Elizabeth is a modern woman. Smart. Independent. As sexual as she wants to be-with whomever she wants to be. But a breakup with her academic boyfriend has hit her harder than she cares to admit. And while her latest gig, translating a glitzy Czech thriller into English, offends her literary sensibilities, it arouses others with its steamy scenes of eroticism, violence, submission, and dominance.
    Then, when her favorite Van Morrison CD disappears from its rack and her house is inexplicably violated, Elizabeth is afraid she';s starting to lose it-she even consults a local vicar about the possibility of poltergeists.
    But what this woman in the lovely Victorian is experiencing is not supernatural. Nor is it madness. For in the dead of night, she will suddenly come face-to-face with her tormentor. She will smell him, she will touch him, and she will make a choice. Then the real haunting will begin.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • My lady, Fiammetta Bianchini, was plucking her eyebrows and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor';s army blew a hole in the wall of God';s eternal city, letting in a flood of half-starved, half-crazed troops bent on pillage and punishment.
    Thus begins In the Company of the Courtesan, Sarah Dunant';s epic novel of life in Renaissance Italy. Escaping the sack of Rome in 1527, with their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed, the courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion, Bucino, head for Venice, the shimmering city born out of water to become a miracle of east-west trade: rich and rancid, pious and profitable, beautiful and squalid.
    With a mix of courage and cunning they infiltrate Venetian society. Together they make the perfect partnership: the sharp-tongued, sharp-witted dwarf, and his vibrant mistress, trained from birth to charm, entertain, and satisfy men who have the money to support her.
    Yet as their fortunes rise, this perfect partnership comes under threat, from the searing passion of a lover who wants more than his allotted nights to the attentions of an admiring Turk in search of human novelties for his sultan';s court. But Fiammetta and Bucino';s greatest challenge comes from a young crippled woman, a blind healer who insinuates herself into their lives and hearts with devastating consequences for them all.
    A story of desire and deception, sin and religion, oyalty and friendship, In the Company of the Courtesan paints a portrait of one of the world';s greatest cities at its most potent moment in history: It is a picture that remains vivid long after the final page.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Elizabeth is a modern woman. Smart. Independent. As sexual as she wants to be-with whomever she wants to be. But a breakup with her academic boyfriend has hit her harder than she cares to admit. And while her latest gig, translating a glitzy Czech thriller into English, offends her literary sensibilities, it arouses others with its steamy scenes of eroticism, violence, submission, and dominance.
    Then, when her favorite Van Morrison CD disappears from its rack and her house is inexplicably violated, Elizabeth is afraid she';s starting to lose it-she even consults a local vicar about the possibility of poltergeists.
    But what this woman in the lovely Victorian is experiencing is not supernatural. Nor is it madness. For in the dead of night, she will suddenly come face-to-face with her tormentor. She will smell him, she will touch him, and she will make a choice. Then the real haunting will begin.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • My lady, Fiammetta Bianchini, was plucking her eyebrows and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor';s army blew a hole in the wall of God';s eternal city, letting in a flood of half-starved, half-crazed troops bent on pillage and punishment.
    Thus begins In the Company of the Courtesan, Sarah Dunant';s epic novel of life in Renaissance Italy. Escaping the sack of Rome in 1527, with their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed, the courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion, Bucino, head for Venice, the shimmering city born out of water to become a miracle of east-west trade: rich and rancid, pious and profitable, beautiful and squalid.
    With a mix of courage and cunning they infiltrate Venetian society. Together they make the perfect partnership: the sharp-tongued, sharp-witted dwarf, and his vibrant mistress, trained from birth to charm, entertain, and satisfy men who have the money to support her.
    Yet as their fortunes rise, this perfect partnership comes under threat, from the searing passion of a lover who wants more than his allotted nights to the attentions of an admiring Turk in search of human novelties for his sultan';s court. But Fiammetta and Bucino';s greatest challenge comes from a young crippled woman, a blind healer who insinuates herself into their lives and hearts with devastating consequences for them all.
    A story of desire and deception, sin and religion, oyalty and friendship, In the Company of the Courtesan paints a portrait of one of the world';s greatest cities at its most potent moment in history: It is a picture that remains vivid long after the final page.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • In the Name of the Family - as Blood and Beauty did before - holds up a mirror to a turbulent moment of history, sweeping aside the myths to bring alive the real Borgia family; complicated, brutal, passionate and glorious. Here is a thrilling exploration of the House of Borgia's doomed years, in the company of a young diplomat named Niccolo Machiavelli. It is 1502 and Rodrigo Borgia, a self-confessed womaniser and master of political corruption is now on the Papal throne as Alexander VI. His daughter Lucrezia, aged twenty-two, already thrice married and a pawn in her father's plans, is discovering her own power. And then there is Cesare Borgia: brilliant, ruthless and increasingly unstable; it is his relationship with the diplomat Machiavelli which offers a master class on the dark arts of power and politics. What Machiavelli learns will go on to inform his great work of modern politics, The Prince. But while the pope rails against old age and his son's increasing maverick behavior it is Lucrezia who will become the Borgia survivor: taking on her enemies and creating her own place in history. Conjuring up the past in all its complexity, horror and pleasures, In The Name of the Family confirms Sarah Dunant's place as the leading novelist of the Renaissance and one of the most acclaimed historical fiction writers of our age.

  •  0500 Insoumise, Serafina se heurte bientôt à l´ordre établi par l´abbesse Chiara et à la piété exacerbée de soeur Umiliana, prête à affamer le corps des novices pour libérer leur esprit...
    Isolée parmi les nonnes cloîtrées en proie à d´étranges extases mystiques, la jeune rebelle peut compter sur la bienveillance de Zuana, une nonne érudite, qui soigne tous les maux du couvent, y compris les blessures que les soeurs s´infligent à elles-mêmes.
    Mais jusqu´où est-elle prête à l´aider ?

    Tandis que les forces de la Contre-Réforme grondent au-dehors pour durcir les règles en vigueur dans les couvents, Serafina va tout tenter pour s´enfuir. Le début de guerres intestines qui vont bouleverser la vie des soeurs à jamais...0300En pleine Renaissance italienne, le nouveau roman de Sarah Dunant nous plonge au coeur des passions et des révoltes qui vont secouer la vie d´un couvent. Un huis clos troublant à l´atmosphère sulfureuse et aux subtiles résonances contemporaines.

    De peur qu´elle n´ébranle l´harmonie de la communauté, l´abbesse Chiara la place sous la responsabilité de Soeur Zuana, une infirmière érudite, réfugiée ici à la mort de son père, qui soigne tous les maux du couvent, de la peste à la mélancolie en passant par les blessures que les soeurs s´infligent à elles-mêmes...
    Parmi les novices partisanes d´une piété encore plus stricte ou celles en proie à d´étranges visions et extases mystiques, Serafina et Zuana tissent une relation qui va sauver la jeune fille révoltée.

    Et bientôt, tandis que les forces de la Contre Réforme grondent au-dehors pour durcir les règles en vigueur dans les couvents, Serafina devient l´enjeu de conflits qui menacent de bouleverser à jamais la vie des soeurs...0600 « dans un huis clos très bien évoqué du couvent, Sarah Dunant conduit son récit avec maestria. Chaque scène est un tableau vivant, d'une grande sensualité. Vigueur et douceur se partagent l'intrigue, sur fond de Contre-Réforme et de menace sur la (relative) liberté de la vie monastique dans l'Italie du XVIesiècle. » Emmanuelle Giuliani,La Croix « Une galerie de personnages haut-en-couleurs fait prendre vie à cette histoire d´amour impossible tout en donnant à voir une autre facette de la Renaissance italienne, au-delà des vicomtes et des courtisanes. Sarah Dunant prouve encore une fois ses talents de conteuse avec ce roman à la fois instructif et divertissant. » Publishers Weekly « Un roman fascinant qui réussit à mêler politique, romance, extase religieuse et suspense. » Seattle Times « Captivant ! Sarah Dunant est au sommet de son art. » The Washington Post À propos deLa Courtisane de Venise:
    « Sarah Dunant connaît Venise comme sa poche et nous mène en gondole par tous les canaux. » Stéphane Hoffmann,Le Figaro Magazine « La réussite de ce roman tient à l´évocation de Venise la cruelle, aux reflets brillants et somptueux. » Erica Jong,The New York Times Book Review

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