Gioconda Paperback – 7 Jun 2012
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Gioconda proposes an elegant solution to the problem of why the portrait of the wife of a silk merchant was never delivered ... Gioconda is a qualified success, scrupulous with its sources, careful with its conclusions - Financial Times An elegant, historical debut novel... cleverly constructed and imagined ... full of vivid characters and well-drawn incidents. Turner's careful research and graceful prose style make Gioconda a pleasure to read - Tina Jackson, Metro Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci's astonishing genius is brought to life in this vividly atmospheric novel. From his solitary childhood to the conception of his iconic masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, this richly imagined life story will inspire you to re-examine his ideas, drawings and paintings - Easy Living Lucille offers a fresh and intimate perspective on da Vinci's life ...From the first page she draws the reader in with such a natural easy style you feel you were observing Leonardo da Vinci as he really was - Bournemouth Echo"
About the Author
LUCILLE TURNER was born in Bournemouth in 1964 to a French mother and English father. Having worked as a translator and journalist for a number of years, she now teaches Literature and Communication at Sophia Antipolis University in France.
Top customer reviews
Well written. i have recommended that my book group read it too.
I do hope that Lucille will keep writing - I can't wait for another such delight to hit the bookstalls.
It is such a beautifully written book that I could not put it down...
Being Italian myself, I really enjoyed reading about Leonardo's life and felt like I could close my eyes and be there with the characters.
Would recommend it to anyone: it would make a perfect gift for ladies as well as gentlemen.
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