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S J Parris

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No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller S J Parris is the pseudonym of the author and journalist Stephanie Merritt. It was as a student at Cambridge researching a paper on the period that Stephanie first became fascinated by the rich history of Tudor England and Renaissance Europe. Since then, her interest has grown and led her to create this series of historical thrillers featuring Giordano Bruno, which has now sold over one million copies.

 

Stephanie has worked as a critic and feature writer for a variety of newspapers and magazines, as well as radio and television. She has also written the contemporary psychological thrillers While You Sleep and Storm under her own name. She currently writes for the Observer, and she lives in Surrey.

Giordano Bruno: the heretic philosopher

The Giordano Bruno thrillers, of which Alchemy is the seventh, follow the escapades of the renegade monk and philosopher-turned spy in England and on the continent in service of Elizabeth I'st spymaster, Francis Walsingham. Based on the life of the real Giordano Bruno, born in Naples in 1548, the series incorporate the politics and religious pressures of the period.

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