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.
"Katie Hickman’s vividly drawn historical confection transports us to 17th-century Venice, where an English merchant schemes to win the 322-carat gem of the novel’s title at the gaming table while several storylines converge with page-turning satisfaction." – Barnes & Noble Review “Hickman’s well-researched, vivid portraits of seventeenth-century life—from the stinking Venetian canals to the threat of plague, in settings rangingfrom a sultan’s harem to a cloistered convent—add... much vigor to this historical novel” – Booklist “Masks, courtesans, nefarious plots, plague—Hickman’s panorama of early-17th-century Venice has it all.” –Kirkus
“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.” –Passages to the Past