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Scatterbrain needs help!

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Perdita
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Scatterbrain needs help!

Post by Perdita » Sun August 7th, 2011, 10:02 pm

I saw a novel in Waterstones about a month ago which looked really good but I've forgotten what it was called and who wrote it. :rolleyes:
It was set in Renaissance Italy and was narrated by Machiavelli, Da Vinci and (I think) someone from the Borgia family.
I know it's a long shot due to lack of detail but has anyone heard of this book? Any ideas or clues much appreciated.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun August 7th, 2011, 11:16 pm

perhaps you saw Paul Strathern's the Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior? If isn't a novel, but a triple biography. It caught my eye too, so I put it on my wish list.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun August 7th, 2011, 11:20 pm

Just checked for novels and it's likely the Ground is Burning by Samuel Black. Not available on this side of the pond, as you can see from the Amazon link.

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Post by Perdita » Mon August 8th, 2011, 9:40 am

That's exactly the one, The Ground is Burning. Thank you so much MLE, you're a star! I was asking the shop assistants and they had no idea what I was talking about. Thanks again!

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