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Winner of the Hislibris award 2012 for historical fiction
A solitary child, Leonardo’s only intimate is Lisa Gherardini, the girl who spies on him in his workshop. Spurned by his tutor, he is sent by his despairing father to Florence as an apprentice. But success requires sacrifice and conformity, and Leonardo’s gift is more of a heresy than a vision. Forced to leave Florence, he places himself at the mercy of the power-thirsty Duke of Milan…
From the glittering court of the Medici to the mortuaries of Milan, Gioconda vividly imagines Leonardo’s lonely struggle to convince others of his vision of the world.
2017 WINNER OF BRONZE AWARD FOR BEST EUROPEAN FICTION, INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDS
The Sultan, the Vampyr and the Soothsayer
When Vlad Dracula is taken hostage with his brother by the Ottoman Sultan and his guards, even the palace soothsayer, the shrewd teller of fortunes, is unprepared for what he learns…
An epic tale of two fathers and their sons; a compelling story of prophecy and intrigue at the fifteenth century palace of the Ottomans and a fictional exploration of the myth of the vampire.
The Financial Times
“Turner brilliantly captures the political instability of 15th-century Florence and the religious dogma & social conventions…”
The Historical Novel Society
“With a multifaceted narrative, diverse characters, and stunning historical detail, this book is completely absorbing.”
“Lucille offers a fresh & intimate perspective on da Vinci’s life …From the first page she draws the reader in with such a natural easy style…”
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I’m really enjoying this book – will have the review done in another week or two…looks like being a ‘must read’.
A Tall History of Sugar, by Curdella Forbes
A Tall History of Sugar transports you to warm, colourful Jamaica, both in content and in style.
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Tragedy, The Greeks, and Us
A thought provoking, academic book about all that we have taken from
Ancient Greek culture.
“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.” – For Gioconda
– Financial Times
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