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Magdalen Nabb 1947 - 2007 Children's author and crime writer Magdalen Nabb was born in Lancashire, England on January 16, 1947. She is the author of the Salvatore Guarnaccia series and the Josie Smith books. Her book Josie Smith was runner-up for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award in 1989 and Josie Smith and Eileen won the Smarties Book Prize in l99l. Occasionally she writes journalistic pieces for English, German, and Italian newspapers. Her final novel, Vita Nuova, was posthumously published in 2008. She died because of a stroke while in Florence, Italy, on August 18, 2007. She was 60 years old. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Death of an Englishman… (more)
Death of an Englishman 450 copies, 21 reviews
The Enchanted Horse 205 copies, 1 review
Death in Springtime 191 copies, 6 reviews
Death of a Dutchman 187 copies, 6 reviews
The Marshal and the Madwoman 175 copies, 7 reviews
Property of Blood 168 copies, 8 reviews
Some Bitter Taste 168 copies, 3 reviews
The Marshal and the Murderer 155 copies, 3 reviews
Death in Autumn 147 copies, 2 reviews
The Innocent 145 copies, 3 reviews
The Monster of Florence 139 copies, 3 reviews
The Marshal's Own Case 126 copies, 4 reviews
Vita Nuova 124 copies, 5 reviews
The Marshal Makes His Report 123 copies, 3 reviews
The Marshal at the Villa Torrini 105 copies, 2 reviews

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According to her Web site, Magdalen Nabb was born in Church, a moorland village in Lancashire, England. She studied art and, later, pottery which she taught in an English art school whilst exhibiting her own work until 1975 when she moved to Florence, Italy. There, she continued to work on pottery in a majolica studio in Montelupo Fiorentino, a pottery town near Florence, and began writing. It was in Montelupo that she met the model for Marshal Guarnaccia. The town itself, with its tumbledown factories and its wonderful restaurant, are featured in The Marshal and the Murderer. She lived and wrirote in Florence, near enough to the carabinieri station in the Pitti Palace to stroll there regularly and have a chat with the marshal who kept her up to date on crime in the city. She wrote for adults and for children and did occasional journalistic pieces for English, German and Italian papers.
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