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CW Gortner

CW  Gortner

In his extensive travels to research his books, C.W. Gortner has danced a galliard at Hampton Court, learned about organic gardening at Chenoceaux, and spent a chilly night in a ruined Spanish castle. His books have garnered widespread acclaim and been translated into twenty-one languages to date, with over 400,000 copies sold. A sought-after public speaker, C.W. has given keynote addresses at writer conferences in the US and abroad. He is also a dedicated advocate for animal rights, in particular companion animal rescue to reduce shelter overcrowding.

C.W. recently completed his fourth novel for Ballantine Books, about Lucrezia Borgia; the third novel in his Tudor Spymaster series for St Martin's Press; his latest novel, Mademoiselle Chanel, is about the dramatic, glamorous life of Coco Chanel. Gortner has been named one of the Top Ten Historical Fiction Novelists by the Washington Independent Review of Books. 

Half-Spanish by birth and raised in southern Spain, C.W. now lives in Northern California with his partner and two very spoiled rescue cats.

"C.W. Gortner is a first rate speaker: assured, witty, a master of his craft, a man to charm and entertain an audience and make everyone feel relaxed. I've already invited him back to feature at our next conference since I know that any function with him will be a success. He's a 'must have' star speaker."
-- Jenny Barden, UK Conference Programme Advisor for the Historical Novel Society

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Reviews of Mademoiselle Chanel

Deliciously satisfying... The epic, rags-to-riches story of how this brilliant woman became a legend.
-- Christina Baker Kline, NYT bestselling author of Orphan Train

Videos featuring CW Gortner

A Chat with Christopher Gortner