Sarah Dunant: Biography

Sarah Dunant

08 aug 1950

Sarah Dunant is the author of international fame who has given some of the popular best-sellers, ‘The Birth of Venus’ and ‘In the Company of the Courtesan’. Sarah is also the founding vice patron of the Orange Prize for women’s fiction. She has few more credits to add to her kitty. She is one of the members of the editorial board of the Royal Academy magazine and is a reviewer for The Times, The Guardian and The New York Times.

Born on Aug 8, 1950, Sarah lived in many places. She grew up partly in London and partly in Bangalore, India. For her acting profession, Sarah moved to Tokyo. Sarah tried her hand at many jobs amongst which few she still continues. Every two years Sarah teaches at Washington University in St. Louis. She has worked for a long time in radio and television, the notable one being in BBC. Sarah is still an occasional presenter for BBC Radio 4’s opinion slot, “A point of view”.

Sarah started her writing career in her late twenties. She concentrated mainly on two genres – contemporary thrillers and historical fiction. The success of her novel, ‘The Birth of Venus’ gave her the liberty to write full-time. Few of her other novels include three Hannah Wolf crime thrillers, Snowstorms in a Hot Climate, Transgressions and Mapping the Edge.

Recognition came in the form of awards for Sarah Dunant. Her crime novels were shortlisted for the CWA Golden dagger award not only once but thrice. One of her novel, ‘Sacred Hearts’ was shortlisted for the first ever Walter Scott Historical Fiction Prize, an award which highlighted the growing power and popularity of the form. Sarah was also awarded with the honorary doctorate of letters from Oxford Brookes University in the year 2016.

On the personal front, Sarah is married and has two daughters. She divides her time between London and Italy and continues writing.