Pindar Diamond

Pindar Diamond

by Katie Hickman
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Pindar Diamond by Katie Hickman

In a small town on the Italian coast, a mysterious woman washes ashore. She is crippled, mute, and clutches a bundle to her chest-a baby the townspeople insist is a real-life mermaid. It can only bring bad luck; they pay a troupe of acrobats to carry mother and child away.

In the bustling trade center of Venice, merchant Paul Pindar is the subject of his colleagues' concern. Since his return from Constantinople, they have found him changed; raging over the loss of his beloved, Celia, he has gambled away his fortune at the gaming tables. But when a priceless blue diamond surfaces in the city, Pindar recognizes the opportunity to regain everything he has lost-including, perhaps, the woman he loves.

A celebrated writer of history and travel books, Katie Hickman has always been a master of evoking time and place. With The Pindar Diamond, her follow-up to The Aviary Gate, she brings early-seventeenth-century Italy vividly to life, and also demonstrates her maturity as a novelist. A tale of love and avarice, with a touch of the mystical, The Pindar Diamond is rich with historical detail, and unfolds with urgency and grace. It is accomplished, wholly satisfying historical fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408809860
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
Publication date: 03/28/2011
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Katie Hickman is the author of several previous books, including history books, travel narratives, and novels. She has been shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, and for the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year award. Hickman lives in London with her two children and her husband, the philosopher A.C. Grayling.

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The Pindar Diamond 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Millie_Hennessy More than 1 year ago
It wasn't until I got to the end of the book that I realized this was a sequel to Hickman's Aviary Gate. That being said, I really enjoyed the book! I never felt lost or clueless, though I could tell that the characters had a considerable past together. Enough was revealed about their previous adventures to ensure that I wasn't left in the dark. This tale focuses on three plots that are all connected by a large, rare jewel called The Sultan's Blue. There's a look at the life of a nun who was once in a harem, a troupe of acrobat women, and a gambler and his cohorts. I felt that there was a strong cast of characters and though they all had such strong personalities, they didn't clash. After reading this book, I purchased the Aviary Gate, so I can see how it all began.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts off slow, the mystery of the story itself will keep reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than first BUT reading The Aviary Gate is why I was SO captivated by the atmosphere of the setting and the tragedy of the characters.  This is not the  most lyrical writing but the author utterly captured me and transported me to an era of beauty, squalor, desperation, and nobility.   I hope for more from this author.
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