David by Mary Hoffman


Written by Mary Hoffman

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Art, politics and romance are brilliantly explored in this enthalling story of how a young man’s face became one of the most famous in the world. Country boy Gabriele arrives in Florence in 1501 with nothing but a connection to a famous sculptor and the hope of work. He is immediately caught up in the intrigues of a city which is itself a hot bed of art, politics and passion. And behind all the action he observes the creation of David, one of the remarkable statutes of all time and one which will take his face and his body into the future for ever…


David by Mary Hoffman

Michelangelo's statue of David is renowned all over the world. Thousands flock to Florence to admire the artistry behind this Renaissance masterpiece, and to admire the beauty of the human form captured in the marble. But the identity of the model for this statue that has been so revered for over five hundred years has been lost.


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About the Author

Mary Hoffman

Mary Hoffman has written over 100 books for children. Amazing Grace, commended for the Kate Greenaway medal, and its sequels has sold over 1.5 million copies. As well as the successful Stravaganza sequence of teenage novels, translated into over thirty languages, The Great Big Books series of information books for younger readers, illustrated by Ros Asquith has done very well. The first, The Great Big Book of Families, won the inaugural SLA Information Book Award in the under 7s category.

Mary loves to write historical fiction and her books for Bloomsbury - The Falconer’s Knot, Troubadour and David - have been followed by Shakespeare’s Ghost and now The Ravenmaster’s Boy. She runs a widely-read blog called The History Girls: http://the-history-girls.blogspot.com

Mary is an Honorary Fellow of the Library Association (CILIP) and lives in Oxfordshire.

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2nd February 2012




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