Sarah Dunant
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Sarah Dunant (pronounced doo-nant) was born Linda Dunant on August 8, 1950.  After completing her studys in History at Cambridge University, Ms. Dunant traveled extensively (Japan, India, Asia and Central and South America) then worked for a short time as an actress.  She presented The Late Show on BBC2 from 1989 to 1995.  Her first two novels were co written with  Peter Busby, Exterminating Angels (1984) Intensive Care (1986).  Going it alone, she honed her skills as a story teller writing thriller/mysteries featuring strong women protagonists.  Fatlands (1993), second in her Hannah Wolfe private eye trilogy, won her the Silver Dagger award for Crime Fiction.  Two of her contemporary thrillers Transgressions (1997) and Mapping The Edge (1999) were both adapted for film.

In 2000, while vacationing with her two daughters in Florence, Italy, the idea of writing a Renaissance story that was told through the eyes of a young woman was born.  The Birth of Venus (2004) became an international best seller and the first in her Renaissance historical fiction trilogy, followed by In the Company of a Courtesan (2006) and Sacred Hearts (2009).

Along with writing fiction, Dunant has also edited two works of non-fiction. War of the Words: The Politically Correct Debate (1994) and The Age of Anxiety (1999).

Ms. Dunant lives in London and Florence and according to her website “dreams of having enough time to cultivate a hobby”.