The Glassblower

'The Glassblower of Murano' by Marina Fiorato.

  *Out 8th May!*

Beatrice and Benedick

For centuries the characters Beatrice and Benedick, from William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, have beguiled audiences. Their names have become synonymous with lovers who trade insults in order to hide their deeper feelings.  This novel imagines what really happened at their first youthful encounter, and how, despite their war of words and long separation, Beatrice and Benedick were finally reunited.   

MESSINA, SICILY 1588 – Beatrice of Villafranca is brought to live at the court of her uncle Leonato, to be a companion for his daughter Hero. That same summer the young Spanish lord Don Pedro visits for a month-long sojourn with his regiment. In his company is the young soldier Benedick of Padua.

Benedick and Beatrice begin to wage their war of wit, but their words mask their true feelings and the two fall deeply in love. But the pair are cruelly parted by misunderstanding and slander. Heartbroken and careless of his life, Benedick sails to England on the ill-fated Spanish Armada under the command of his princely friend Don Pedro. Beatrice returns to her Villafranca castle, and an unwanted betrothal to the Veronese count Paris. Benedick must fight for his life on board ship while Beatrice fights for her freedom from an arranged marriage.

From the point of view of Beatrice and Benedick we hear the lovers tell their own story, taking us from the sunlit southern courts of Sicily, to the crippled Armada on the frozen northern seas, to the gorgeous Renaissance cities of theVeneto.

 Beatrice and Benedick – we know how it ended. But how did it begin?

In shops 8th May, or pre-order using the link below.

 

 

The Venetian Contract

VENICE, 1576 – 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.

But the ship also holds a secret stowaway - Feyra, a young and beautiful harem doctor fleeing a future as the Sultan’s concubine. Only her wits and medical knowledge keep her alive as the plague ravages Venice.

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 skills of medico Annibale Cason, the city’s finest plague doctor, to keep him alive.

But what Annibale had not counted on was meeting Feyra, who is now under Palladio’s protection, a woman who can not only match his medical skills but can also teach him how to care.


 

Daughter of Siena

“The rich heritage of Siena is shown in all its facets, with scenes moving from formal staterooms and candle-lit cathedrals to dirty stables and macabre dungeons. The rich apricot silk gown on the cover reveals only part of the tale. Like the Palio itself, The Daughters of Siena is an exciting entertainment steeped in local color and years of cultural traditions.”

- Sarah Johnson, Reading the Past


 

 The Venetian Bargain cover

The Venetian Bargain

*In US bookstores 8th April*

VENICE, 1576 – 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.

But the ship also holds a secret stowaway - Feyra, a young and beautiful harem doctor fleeing a future as the Sultan’s concubine. Only her wits and medical knowledge keep her alive as the plague ravages Venice.

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 skills of medico Annibale Cason, the city’s finest plague doctor, to keep him alive.

But what Annibale had not counted on was meeting Feyra, who is now under Palladio’s protection, a woman who can not only match his medical skills but can also teach him how to care.

Read the Booklist review here

*In US bookstores on the 8th April, or pre-order using the links below*

 
 
 

The Botticelli Secret

“Marina Fiorato has proved herself the master of mystery and queen of historical fiction with The Botticelli Secret.”
- Danya, Night Owl Reviews Staff


 

 

 

 

 The Madonna of the Almonds

“I enjoyed the Glassblower of Murano very much but I liked this one even more… vibrant with colour… a simply gorgeous book.”
- Random Jottings


 

 

 

 

The Glassblower of Murano


 

“Fiorato captivates her reader as surely and intricately as the beautiful city of Venice enchants her characters. A fascinating tale of mystery and dedication, of love and betrayal.”
- Kate Furnivall, author of The Russian Concubine.