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The Silent Duchess
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'Italy's most audacious female writer' Sunday Times 'Her best novel in years - interspersed with evocatively detailed descriptions of day-to-day life: smells, food, medicaments and contraptions of every kind' Times Literary Supplement 'Few other historical novelists have so forcefully expressed the sense that the age which they describe is a shaping force in the conduct of their characters - an astonishing achievement' Independent 'A fiction of elegance and charm' Mail on Sunday

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One of Italy's foremost women writers, Dacia Maraini is the author of more than fifty books, including novels, plays, collections of poetry and critical essays. Her second novel, The Age of Discontent, won the international Prix Formentor, and she has been the recipient of two of Italy's highest literary honours, the Premio Campiello and the Premio Strega. Her novel The Silent Duchess, an international bestseller, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Born in Florence, Dacia Maraini currently resides in Rome.

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'Italy's most audacious female writer' Sunday Times 'Her best novel in years - interspersed with evocatively detailed descriptions of day-to-day life: smells, food, medicaments and contraptions of every kind' Times Literary Supplement 'Few other historical novelists have so forcefully expressed the sense that the age which they describe is a shaping force in the conduct of their characters - an astonishing achievement' Independent 'A fiction of elegance and charm' Mail on Sunday

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