Praise for Fiorella De Maria
Writer De Maria deserves a wide audience.
Selected non-fiction writing
Various articles, essays and interviews
Articles featuring Fiorella
Articles by Fiorella
Book and film reviews
Fiorella De Maria arrived in England from the Mediterranean island of Malta as an infant and
grew up in a rural town close to the famous Stonehenge monument. She made her first
attempt at writing a novel, hiding behind the library curtains at her boarding school and went
on to study English Literature at Cambridge University. In 2003, Fiorella published her first
book, a biography of the metaphysical poet Robert Southwell, closely followed by her debut
novel, The Cassandra Curse, which won the National Book Prize of Malta.
Fiorella’s novels – ten published, with three more under contract – are mostly historical and
crime fiction. Her books have received endorsements from veteran author and journalist,
Piers Paul Reid and her tragi-comic novel A Most Dangerous Innocence about an autistic
child living in an isolated school in 1940s England, was described as “The Prime of Miss
Jean Brodie meets I Capture the Castle.” Fiorella’s most popular writing has been her
crime series, The Father Gabriel Mysteries featuring a sleuthing monk living in a sleepy
English village in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War.
Fiorella also writes for radio and is currently preparing the second season of her ‘Five Minute
Mysteries’ series, in which listeners are invited to solve a fiendishly difficult locked room
puzzle. Fiorella lives with her husband, four children and a dog called Monty in Surrey,