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Sarah Dunant

Originally posted March 2004

The Birth of Venus

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An impressionable teenage girl in 15th century Florence falls in love with art as well as the artist, in Sarah Dunant's novel. The richly detailed story recreates Florence at the moment of the original bonfire of the vanities.




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Sarah Dunant is the author of the international bestsellers The Birth of Venus and In the Company of the Courtesan, 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. She has two daughters and lives in London and Florence.

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