Sarah Dunant is the author of the international bestsellers "The Birth of Venus, In the Company of the Courtesan, " and "Sacred Hearts, "which have received major acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Her earlier novels include three Hannah Wolfe crime thrillers, as well as "Snowstorms in a Hot Climate, Transgressions, "and "Mapping the Edge, "all three of which are available as Random House Trade Paperbacks. She has two daughters and lives in London and Florence.
PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF SARAH DUNANT
The Birth of Venus
"A broad mural bursting with color, passion, and intrigue."--"People"
"A witty, ingenious historical novel.""--The New York Times Book Review"
In the Company of the Courtesan
"Delicious . . . [a] compelling story of love, betrayal, loyalty, debauchery, jealousy and redemption.""--USA Today"
"Remarkable . . . [Dunant's] memorable characters captivate. . . . This tale grows in depth and suspense. . . . The reader will encounter unexpected and unforgettable wonders."--Baltimore" Sun"
"Compelling . . . a gripping tale of love, lust [and] jealousy."--"The Times" (London)
"Captivating . . . Dunant's brilliant imagination is at its powerful best.""--The Washington Post"
Advance praise for "Blood & Beauty"
"What a marvelous feast of vices and desires Sarah Dunant gives us--lust and ambition, passion and power, destiny born and bought. The Borgias are arguably the most intriguing and ruthless family in all of history, and Dunant brings them ravishingly, bristlingly to life. "Blood & Beauty" is absolutely convincing on every page. I was enthralled."--Paula McLain, author of "The Paris Wife"
"Sarah Dunant's "Blood & Beauty" is an astounding achievement, extensively researched and exquisitely written. An epic tale of dynasty, this novel also manages to be an intimate exploration of familial ties and relationships. The Borgias have never been so human, and so humanely portrayed."--Melanie Benjamin, author of "The Aviator's Wife"
""Blood & Beauty" is a fascinating read full of vivid detail and human pathos. Dunant opens a window into the extraordinary machinations and skullduggery of the Borgias and provides us with a richness of description that beautifully locates them in their own time."--Amanda Foreman, author of "A World on Fire"
"An engrossing tale of beauty and corruption, "Blood & Beauty" is meticulously crafted, and utterly convincing: a work of a skilled historian and a masterful storyteller who makes the Borgias live and breathe their ambition and lust for life on every page. This is a literary feast!"--Eva Stachniak, author of "The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great"
"Brilliant and utterly bone-chilling, "Blood & Beauty" held me spellbound from beginning to end. Without a doubt, this exquisite, seductive portrait of one of the most infamous families of the Italian Renaissance is destined to become a classic. Sarah Dunant has managed to bring the Borgias back to life in all their stunning complexity, from loving fathers to ruthless killers, and the result is truly unique and absolutely irresistible."--Anne Fortier, author of "Juliet"
"Sarah Dunant's "Blood & Beaut