Gioconda

By Lucille Turner

Historical fiction, Literary fiction | Paperback, eBook, Audiobook


We know him as Renaissance genius: inventor, scientist, artist. They knew him as Leonardo from Vinci: heretic, butcher, lunatic. From the glittering court of the Medici, to the mortuaries of Milan and the battlefields of the Po valley, Lucille Turner’s powerful debut novel vividly imagines Leonardo’s lonely struggle to convince others of his vision of the world. His journey leads him to the portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the culmination of his life’s work.



LUCILLE TURNER’s first book, 'Gioconda', was published by Granta Books in 2011 and was described in The Financial Times as, ‘A lush, evocative and remarkably accomplished debut novel’. Gioconda was about the life of Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci; it went on to win the Hislibris prize for historical fiction and was translated into several languages. Her second historical novel, 'The Sultan, the Vampyr and the Soothsayer', has recently been awarded a prize in the Best Fiction category of the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2017. Lucille Turner comes from Bournemouth and blogs about historical fiction at www.lucilleturner.com.


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LUCILLE TURNER’s first book, 'Gioconda', was published by Granta Books in 2011 and was described in The Financial Times as, ‘A lush, evocative and remarkably accomplished debut novel’. Gioconda was about the life of Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci; it went on to win the Hislibris prize for historical fiction and was translated into several languages. Her second historical novel, 'The Sultan, ...


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