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The Marriage Portrait

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Finely written and vividly imagined, it is far from being simplistic, but there is an engaging simplicity to it . . . a very good one to be read, as publishers used to say, by "children of all ages" ― Guardian Book of the Day

In O'Farrell's hands, historical detail comes alive . . . evocative, moving and sensitively rendered ― Spectator

Her writing is exquisite. Immersive and compelling ― Marian Keyes

An extraordinary writer with a profound understanding of the most elemental human bonds ― Observer

One of the most exciting novelists alive ― Washington Post

Her narrative enchantment will wrest suspense and surprise out of a death foretold ― Financial Times

The instant Sunday Times bestseller from the acclaimed author of Hamnet, The Marriage Portrait is a dazzling evocation of the Italian Renaissance in all its beauty and brutality.

Winter, 1561. Lucrezia, Duchess of Ferrara, is taken on an unexpected visit to a country villa by her husband, Alfonso. As they sit down to dinner it occurs to Lucrezia that Alfonso has a sinister purpose in bringing her here. He intends to kill her.
Lucrezia is sixteen years old, and has led a sheltered life locked away inside Florence's grandest palazzo. Here, in this remote villa, she is entirely at the mercy of her increasingly erratic husband.

What is Lucrezia to do with this sudden knowledge? What chance does she have against Alfonso, ruler of a province, and a trained soldier? How can she ensure her survival.

The Marriage Portrait is an unforgettable reimagining of the life of a young woman whose proximity to power places her in mortal danger.