The Pindar Diamond

by Katie Hickman

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A tale of lust, greed, and danger set in seventeenth-century Venice, The Pindar Diamond is a gripping, glamorous and superbly told historical novel.

The Pindar Diamond Synopsis

In a small town on the Italian coast, a mysterious woman washes ashore. She is crippled, mute, and clutches a bundle to her chest - a baby the townspeople insist is a real-life mermaid. It can only bring bad luck; they pay a troupe of acrobats to carry mother and child away. In the bustling trade center of Venice, merchant Paul Pindar is the subject of his colleagues' concern. Since his return from Constantinople, they have found him changed; raging over the loss of his beloved, Celia, he has gambled away his fortune at the gaming tables. But when a priceless blue diamond surfaces in the city, Pindar recognizes the opportunity to regain everything he has lost - including, perhaps, the woman he loves. A celebrated writer of history and travel books, Katie Hickman has always been a master of evoking time and place. With The Pindar Diamond, her follow-up to The Aviary Gate, she brings early-seventeenth-century Italy vividly to life, and also demonstrates her maturity as a novelist. A tale of love and avarice, with a touch of the mystical, The Pindar Diamond is rich with historical detail, and unfolds with urgency and grace. It is accomplished, wholly satisfying historical fiction.

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The Pindar Diamond Press Reviews

'Beautifully written, glamorous, disturbing and very dark'
Wendy Holden, Daily Mail

'A vividly sensuous tale'
Daily Telegraph

'Nuns, precious gems, swashbucklers and courtesans, plus a plot to keep you on your toes, are stirred and shaken into pure escapism'
Sunday Times

'No one writes historical novels more evocatively than Hickman ... The Pindar Diamond will utterly transport you'
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ISBN: 9781408809860
Publication date: 21/03/2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780747599951
Publication date: 07/06/2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408809860
Publication date: 21st March 2011
Author: Katie Hickman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Katie Hickman

Katie Hickman is the author of five previous books, including two best-selling history books, Courtesans and Daughters of Britannia. She has written two travel books: Travels with a Circus, which was shortlisted for the 1993 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, and Dreams of the Peaceful Dragon. She is the author of one previous novel, The Quetzal Summer, for which she was listed for the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year award. The Aviary Gate published by Bloomsbury in April 2008 and in paperback in February 2009, is a stunning tale of intrigue in the Sultan's harem.  Katie Hickman lives in ...

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