Sarah Dunant is the author of the international bestsellers The Birth of Venus, In the Company of the Courtesan, and Sacred Hearts, which have received major acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.
Her latest novel is Blood & Beauty: The Borgias.
From the author's 2013 Q & A with the Independent:
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/himRead the complete Q & A.
I have recently gone back to Emile Zola. The range of his work is astonishing, but he is particularly brilliant on the havoc wreaked by sexual passion.
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Which fictional character most resembles you?
If 'Broadcast News' had been a book before it was a movie I would have been the news producer played by Holly Hunter. Vibrat-ing with energy and commitment, she is rather too intense for her own good.