Sarah Dunant

Stunning review coverage for Blood & Beauty

Blood & Beauty has been reviewed widely across the national media, and the verdict is unanimous:

‘A wonderful study of one legendary family’s much-vaunted blood ties and vaulting ambition from a master of historical fiction… an insightful, fresh take on the whole Borgia clan… A comparison to Wolf Hall is not out of place here’ The Times, Viv Groskop

‘The corridors of power are hotbeds of political intrigue, and few more so than those of the Vatican when the Borgias held sway… Sarah Dunant’s gripping novel… is a must read for anyone interested in the period, and for those who simply enjoy intelligent historical fiction.’ Daily Mail, Kathy Stevenson

‘It is in her asides that Dunant triumphs, like all good novelists: in deft, shrewd, precise use of killer detail.’ Guardian, Christobel Kent

‘While Dunant has always been a masterful storyteller, here she excels’ Psychologies, Emma Herdman

‘This is Dunant’s fourth Renaissance novel and she is in her element… She brings 15th century Italian cities vividly alive – the lawlessness and violence, the diseased and damaged bodies, the debauchery and corpses… an intelligent and passionate book’ Sunday Times, Lucy Atkins

‘The infamous Borgia family is the subject of Blood & Beauty by Sarah Dunant. Her epic breathes life into Renaissance Italy, challenging what we think we know about this corrupt dynasty’ Good Housekeeping

Blood and Beauty establishes her as a top-ranking novelist of the Italian renaissance. Its power lies in its seamless combination of historical expertise with a natural gift for storytelling… Dunant has promised us a sequel. I can’t wait.’ The Tablet, Susan Dowell

 

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