Wednesday, August 22, 2007

We'll Always Have Florence...

...thanks to Magdalen Nabb, who died on August 18, 2007, following a stroke.

According to her dedicated publisher, Soho Press, Nabb was born in the village Church in Lancashire, England in 1947. She studied art and pottery at the College of Art in Manchester, and it was there that she started writing. While working in a pottery studio in the Italian town of Montelupo Fiorentino, Nabb came up with the idea for her most popular character, the Sicilian-born police detective Marshal Salvatore Guarnaccia. From 1975 onward she lived and worked as a journalist and writer in Florence, Italy. Her novels were much loved and praised and have been translated into 14 languages. She recently finished the manuscript of Guarnaccia’s newest case Vita Nuova, which Soho Press will publish in June 2008. Soho will also be releasing Death of a Dutchman this November.

Nabb also published thirteen books for children and young adults, including The Enchanted Forest which won the British Smarties Book Prize in 1993.

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