Fiorato is half-Venetian. She was born in Manchester and raised
in the Yorkshire Dales. She is a history graduate of Oxford University
and the University of Venice, where she specialized in the study
of Shakespeares plays as an historical source. After University
she studied art and since worked as an illustrator, actress and
film reviewer. She also designed tour visuals for rock bands including
U2 and the Rolling Stones. She was married on the Grand Canal
in Venice and lives in North London with her husband, son and
For more information visit marinafiorato.com
Latest book: THE VENETIAN CONTRACT
Five years after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire at the Battle
of Lepanto, a ship steals unnoticed into Venice bearing a deadly
cargo. A man more dead than alive, disembarks and staggers into
Piazza San Marco. He brings a gift to Venice from Constantinople.
Within days the city is infected with bubonic plague - and the
Turkish Sultan has his revenge.
In despair the Doge commissions the architect Andrea Palladio
to build the greatest church of his career - an offering to God
so magnificent that Venice will be saved. But Palladio's own life
is in danger too, and it will require all the skills of Annibale
Cason, the city's finest plague doctor, to keep him alive. What
Annibale has not counted on is the Turkish ship's other stowaway,
Feyra, a beautiful young harem doctor who not only matches his
medical skills but will also teach him how to care...
DAUGHTER OF SIENA
Palio: Sienas famously dangerous and hard-fought horse race.
A year of planning, ten riders, three circuits of the piazza
and all over in a single moment. But in this year of 1723, for
two of the women watching, far more than the coveted prize is
at stake. For Pia of the Tolomei, the most beautiful woman in
Siena, the Palio is her last hope of escaping a violent marriage.
For Violante de Medici, it marks the start of what her enemies
intend to be her last month as Governess of the city. Isolated
in her palace, surrounded by conspirators, she must find the courage
to uncover a plot that threatens her very existence. The trumpets
sound. And into the piazza rides an unknown horseman, clad in
the colours of the Tower contrada. What he does during the race
will not only change the lives of Pia and Violante, but alter
the course of the Medici dynasty itself... Alive with colour and
rich historical detail, Daughter of Siena is a story of treachery,
courage and the power of love.
THE VENETIAN CONTRACT (John Murray, 2012)
DAUGHTER OF SIENA (John Murray, 2011)
THE BOTTICELLI SECRET (Beautiful 2010)
THE MADONNA OF THE ALMONDS (Beautiful 2009)
THE GLASSBLOWER OF MURANO (Beautiful 2008). Foreign rights to
Germany Goldman/Limes, Spain Santillana, Holland
Artemis, Poland Przedsiebiorstwo, Serbia
Media II, Greece Minoas, Romania RAO, Portugal
Porto Editoro, Turkey Arkadas Yayineri, Russia Exmo,Brazil
Editora Pruma, Norway Vega, Croatia Profil,
Czech Jiri Cerny, Korea Moonhahsoochup, Vietnam
Le Chi Culture, Hungary Nouvion Trade (option publishers).