Magdalen Nabb (16 January 1947 – 18 August 2007) was a British author, best known for the Marshal Guarnaccia detective novels.
Born near Blackburn in Lancashire as Magdalen Nuttal, she was educated at the Convent Grammar School, Bury, before going on to art college in Manchester, where she studied arts and pottery, which she taught in an art school.
In 1975 she moved to Florence in Italy with her son, Liam, even through she didn’t speak Italian. There, she continued to work on pottery in a pottery town near Florence, and began writing. It was in Montelupo that she met the model for “Marshal Guarnaccia”.
Her first book, Death of an Englishman, was first published in 1981. All her stories take place in Florence which she describes as a “very secret city”. She lived near enough to the Carabinieri station to stroll there regularly and have a chat with the marshal, who kept her up to date on crime in the city.
She also wrote the Josie Smith books for children and did occasional journalistic pieces for English, German and Italian papers.
In 1991 she won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize for Josie Smith and Eileen, the second book in the series. Her final novel, Vita Nuova, was posthumously published in 2008.
She died in Florence of a stroke, aged 60.
. Official Web site (http://www.magdalennabb.com/)
. Obituary in the Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml? xml=/news/2007/08/22/db2201.xml)
. Obituary in the Guardian (http://books.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,,2156780,00.html)
. 2004 interview detailing her extensive research on The Monster of Florence and how this was provided to the italian journalist Mario Spezi (http://italian-mysteries.com/nabb-interview- part08.html)
Death of an Englishman, 1981
Death of a Dutchman, 1982
Death in Springtime, 1983
Death in Autumn, 1985
The Marshal and the Murderer, 1987
The Marshal and the Madwoman, 1988
The Marshal’s Own Case, 1990
The Marshal Makes His Report, 1991
The Marshal at the Villa Torrini, 1993
The Monster of Florence, 1996
Property of Blood, 1999
Some Bitter Taste, 2002
The Innocent, 2005
Vita Nuova, 2008
Josie Smith books
Josie Smith, 1989
Josie Smith and Eileen, 1991, won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Josie Smith at Christmas, 1992
Josie Smith at the Seaside, 1993
Josie Smith at School, 1994
Josie Smith in Hospital, 1995
Josie Smith at the Market, 1996
Josie Smith in Summer, 1997
Josie Smith in Winter, 1998
Josie Smith in Spring, 1999
Josie Smith in Autumn, 2000
Other books for children
Twilight Ghost, 2000
The Enchanted Horse, 1993
Other books for adults
The Prosecutor, 1986, co-authored by Paolo Vagheggi
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