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The Brightest Star (MP3)
Released the same day as the standard print edition
The Brightest Star (MP3)
Written by:
Emma Harcourt 
Read by:
Lucy Bell 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
10 hours 48 minutes 
MP3 size:
473 MB 
July 06 2022 
Available Date:
July 06 2022 
Age Category:
Fiction; Australian Fiction; Historical Fiction; Sagas 
Bolinda/HarperCollins audio 
Bolinda price
AUD$ 39.95
AUD$ 39.95

Bestselling author
Australian author

A thirst for learning and a passion for astronomy draw an extraordinary young woman deep into the intellectual maelstrom, political complexities and religious extremism of Renaissance Florence.

1496. It is the height of the Renaissance and its flowering of intellectual and artistic endeavour, but the city state of Florence is in the grip of fundamentalist preacher Friar Girolamo Savonarola. Its good people believe the Lord speaks through him, just as certainly as the Sun circles the Earth. For Leonarda Lunetta, eldest daughter of the learned Signore Vincenzio Fusili, religion is not as interesting as the books she shares with her beloved father. Luna wants to know, to learn, to become an astronomer who charts the night sky – certainly not the dutiful, marriageable daughter all of Florence society insists upon. So when Luna meets astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, she is not surprised that his heretical beliefs confirm her view that the world is not as it is presented – or how it could be. Luna is a woman born out of time, the brightest star of her generation, but can she reconcile the girl of her father’s making with this new version of herself ? And if she does, will Renaissance Italy prove too perilous and dark a place for a free-thinking woman?

'Emma's book is lyrical and beautiful ...' (on The Shanghai Wife)
Caroline Overington, author of The Lucky One and The One Who Got Away