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Author: Sarah Dunant Narrator: Nicholas Boulton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781524749545
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Before the Corleones, before the Lannisters, there were the Borgias. One of history’s notorious families comes to life in a captivating novel from the author of The Birth of Venus.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY COSMOPOLITAN (UK) AND THE TIMES (UK)

“In the end, what’s a historical novelist’s obligation to the dead? Accuracy? Empathy? Justice? Or is it only to make them live again? Dunant pays these debts with a passion that makes me want to go straight out and read all her other books.”—Diana Gabaldon, The Washington Post

Bestselling novelist Sarah Dunant has long been drawn to the high drama of Renaissance Italy: power, passion, beauty, brutality, and the ties of blood. With In the Name of the Family, she offers a thrilling exploration of the House of Borgia’s final years, in the company of a young diplomat named Niccolò Machiavelli.

It is 1502 and Rodrigo Borgia, a self-confessed womanizer and master of political corruption, is now on the papal throne as Alexander VI. His daughter Lucrezia, aged twenty-two—already three times married and a pawn in her father’s plans—is discovering her own power. And then there is his son Cesare Borgia, brilliant, ruthless, and increasingly unstable; it is his relationship with Machiavelli that gives the Florentine diplomat a master class in the dark arts of power and politics. What Machiavelli learns will go on to inform his great work of modern politics, The Prince. But while the pope rails against old age and his son’s increasingly erratic behavior, it is Lucrezia who must navigate the treacherous court of Urbino, her new home, and another challenging marriage to create her own place in history.

Sarah Dunant again employs her remarkable gifts as a storyteller to bring to life the passionate men and women of the Borgia family, as well as the ever-compelling figure of Machiavelli, through whom the reader will experience one of the most fascinating—and doomed—dynasties of all time.

“Enthralling . . . combines flawless historical scholarship with beguiling storytelling.”—The Guardian

“Renaissance-rich details fill out the humanity of the Borgias, rendering them into the kind of relatable figures whom we would hope to discover behind the cold brilliance of The Prince.”—NPR

“[Dunant] has an enviable command of this complex political scene, with its shifting alliances and subtle betrayals. . . . [She] has a special gift for attending to her female characters.”—The New York Times Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Nicholas Boulton does a particularly good job when narrating from the perspective of Machiavelli, Cesare Borgia, and Pope Alexander VI…Boulton is evocative enough and Dunant’s work transporting enough that it’s easy to lose oneself in the backbiting, often-violent world of the Vatican and the surrounding city-states of Renaissance Italy.”

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  • “Combines flawless historical scholarship with beguiling storytelling.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “[Dunant] has an enviable command of this complex political scene, with its shifting alliances and subtle betrayals…[She] has a special gift for attending to her female characters.”

    New York Times

  • “An intimate knowledge of Renaissance history powers a story cracking with energy.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • Beyond the attraction of the characters and the history, [Sarah] Dunant has a great immersive style. Her hallmark is the penetrating detail. . . . In the end, what’s a historical novelist’s obligation to the dead? Accuracy? Empathy? Justice? Or is it only to make them live again? Dunant pays these debts with a passion that makes me want to go straight out and read all her other books. Diana Gabaldon, The Washington Post
  • Reading In the Name of the Family, I began to smell the scent of oranges and wood smoke on the Ferrara breeze. Such Renaissance-rich details fill out the humanity of the Borgias, rendering them into the kind of relatable figures whom we would hope to discover behind the cold brilliance of The Prince. NPR
  • Dunant has a storyteller’s instincts for thrilling detail and the broad sweep of history. This, and her glorious prose, make Dunant’s version irresistible. The Times (UK)
  • Skillfully drawn characters and an excellent sense of place will entice readers of historicals, especially those interested in the Italian Renaissance. Library Journal
  • One of Dunant’s great strengths as a writer is illuminating the lives of women who were able to amass and wield power despite having no authority. Kirkus Reviews
  • [Sarah Dunant] has made completely her own the story of Italy’s most infamous ruling family. Retaining the knack for plotting and pacing from the crime novels that began her career, she depicts history in a way that we can see, hear and smell. The aging pope on his boat worries that ‘his grasp of history is becoming blurred inside the accelerated creation of his own myth.’ Identifying historical blurrings and myths about the period, Dunant’s Italian novels are an enthralling education. Her status as a writer needs no reputation management. The Guardian
  • [Dunant] has an enviable command of this complex political scene, with its shifting alliances and subtle betrayals. . . . [She] has a special gift for attending to her female characters. The New York Times
  • An intimate knowledge of Renaissance history powers a story cracking with energy. The Daily Mail
  • What distinguishes and elevates to the first order Sarah Dunant . . . is that she combines flawless historical scholarship with beguiling storytelling. The Guardian
  • A thrilling period vividly brought to life. Woman and Home
  • With a vibrant cast of characters both iconic, including the vastly influential Niccolò Machiavelli, and rarely highlighted, Dunant’s captivating Renaissance Italian saga will thrill her fans and bring more into the fold. Booklist

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About the Author

Sarah Dunant is the author of the international bestsellers The Birth of Venus and In the Company of the Courtesan, Sacred Hearts, and Blood and Beauty, which have received major acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Her earlier novels include three Hannah Wolfe crime thrillers, as well as Snowstorms in a Hot Climate, Transgressions, and Mapping the Edge.

About the Narrator

Nicholas Boulton, actor and winner of nine Earphones Awards for narration, studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning the BBC Carleton Hobbs Award for Radio in 1993. Since then he has been heard in numerous productions for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. He has appeared in films such as Shakespeare in Love and Topsy Turvy. Theater credits include Platonov for the Almeida, Henry V for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Arcadia for the Theatre Royal Haymarket.