About the author

Marina Fiorato - Best-selling author of 'The Glassblower of Murano'...

Marina Fiorato – Best-selling author of ‘The Glassblower of Murano’…

Marina 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 Shakespeare’s 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 and lives in North London with her husband, son and daughter.

Latest Blogs

Beatrice, Benedick and Me

With my latest novel BEATRICE AND BENEDICK just weeks away from release, I’ve been thinking about my beloved heroine and hero and my relationship with them over the years.
I first met Beatrice and Benedick in 1988, in my high school English class. English Literature… Read more


Next week Dan Brown releases his latest book, Inferno. The story of this much-anticipated novel is being kept very much under wraps, but the word is that the book will be set in and around Florence, and that Robert Langdon will be unravelling a Dante-esque… Read more

Books like Brown’s – my history of the ‘Code’ novel

It all began, for me, with The Name of the Rose. 
I read it as a teenager, probably too young to understand it all, but was immediately captivated by the hermetic world of a monastery beset by the Inquisition. The literati, I am sure, would… Read more

The Dan Brown Countdown…

As the whole world knows, Dan Brown’s Inferno comes out on the 14th May. The smart money is expecting a code book set in Florence and we can certainly anticipate a mad stampede to the bookstores and a fever of downloading. But, personally, I’m hoping… Read more

Publication Day!

Well the new book ‘The Venetian Contract’ is out today! Available from all good bookshops as they say, and also from Amazon on
Here’s a little blurb as a taster: 
VENICE, 1576 – Five years after the defeat of… Read more


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