“Books are a uniquely
portable magic” 

–  Stephen King

LUCILLE TURNER

Historical Novels

2017 Winner of Bronze Award for Best European Fiction, Independent Publisher Book Awards
Independent Publisher Book Awards
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A short reading of The Sultan, the Vampyr and the Soothsayer at Waterstones, Covent Garden, London 2017

*Yes, I know I was nervous

Biographical Fiction and Historical Fiction

Books by
Lucille Turner

‘Turner brilliantly captures the political instability of 15th-century Florence and the religious dogma and social conventions that have a claustrophobic effect on Leonardo’s unruly genius and dangerously unorthodox ideas. A lush, evocative and remarkably accomplished debut novel.’

The Financial Times

The Financial Times (for Gioconda)​

'Turner brilliantly captures the political instability of 15th-century Florence and the religious dogma and social conventions that have a claustrophobic effect on Leonardo’s unruly genius and dangerously unorthodox ideas. A lush, evocative and remarkably accomplished debut novel'​

The Historical Novel Society

for The Sultan, the Vampyr and the Soothsayer​

"With a multifaceted narrative, diverse characters, and stunning historical detail, this book is completely absorbing. The author stirs together history, myth, political intrigue, and religious conflict to create a gripping, expertly researched story."​

Easy Living

Easy Living (for Gioconda)

‘Lucille offers a fresh and intimate perspective on da Vinci's life ...From the first page she draws the reader in with such a natural easy style you feel you were observing Leonardo da Vinci as he really was'

Mary Hoffman

Author​

"Very well researched and gripping…a far more ambitious novel than Gioconda, covering a vast sweep of time and place…a huge leap forward in scope and accomplishment. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and stayed up night after night to read it."​

HISTORY IS NOW MAGAZINE

The Sultan, the Vampyr & the Soothsayer

"Brings to life the character of Vlad Dracula and gives historical context to the powerful Dracula myths."

DISCOVERING DIAMONDS REVIEW

The Sultan, the Vampyr & the Soothsayer

“Ms Turner’s obvious skills in descriptive writing shine through, leaving me with images of shaded courtyards and shuttered walls, of women flitting by in veils while the sultan reclines on his divan and tries to ignore the problems caused by his son and heir.”

Silverlock Book Reviews

Silverlock Book Reviews (for Gioconda)

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