The Pindar Diamond

The Pindar Diamond

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It's Venice, 1604. When rumours of a spectacularly rare and priceless diamond begin to circulate amongst the gamblers and courtesans of the Venetian demi-monde, the Levant Company merchant, Paul Pindar, becomes convinced that the jewel is somehow linked to the fate of his former love, Celia Lamprey. As his obsession with the mysterious stone grows it becomes clear that there are other, more sinister forces at play. Is the diamond real, or is it just a trick to lure him to his ruin? "The Pindar Diamond" moves from the canals of Venice to the coasts of Dalmatia, from a famed physic garden in the Venentian lagoon to the secret corridors of a convent - a tale of lust, love, greed, wealth and danger set among the Levant traders in the early years of the seventeenth century. Written in the exquisitely evocative style that is Katie Hickman's trademark, this is a gripping and superbly told story that goes as deeply into history as into the human heart.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 32mm | 393g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747599955
  • 9780747599951
  • 883,785

About Katie Hickman

Katie Hickman is the author of six previous titles, including two bestselling history books, Courtesans and Daughters of Britannia. She has written two travel books, one of which was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. She was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year award for her novel The Quetzal Summer and her previous novel, The Aviary Gate, sold in nineteen countries. Katie Hickman lives in London with her two children and her husband, the philosopher A. C. Grayling.show more

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Praise for The Aviary Gate'Hugely enjoyable ... fast-moving and deeply satisfying' Joanne Harris 'Teasing, erotic, suspenseful and expertly done' Daily Mail 'Forbidden love, sailors and secrets - fasten your seat belts for Hickman's period tome ... Think Jane Austen meets Pirates of the Carribean' In Style 'A magical, engrossing read that takes us inside a sixteenth-century harem - and into a world populatred by scheming, exotic characters ... With all the intricate detail of historical non-fiction and all the pace of a romantic drama, this really is beautifully written stuff' Glamourshow more

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421 ratings
3.21 out of 5 stars
5 13% (54)
4 25% (105)
3 38% (159)
2 19% (82)
1 5% (21)
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