THE GLASSBLOWER OF MURANO by Marina Fiorato
Venice, 1681. Glassblowing is the lifeblood of the Republic and Venetian mirrors are more precious then gold. Jealousy guarded by the murderous Council of Ten, the glassblowers of Murano are virtually imprisoned on their island in the lagoon.
But the greatest artist of their number, Corradino Manin, sells his methods and his soul to the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, to protect his secret daughter…
Centuries later his descendant, Nora Manin, escapes an unhappy life in London, determined to apprentice as a glassblower in the city of her ancestors. Passionate and gifted, her famous last name places her in danger within the ancient foundries when timeless rivalries rise to the surface.
As she finds new life and love in Venice, Nora’s fate becomes inextricably linked with that of Corradino as the treacherous secrets of his life come to light.
The Glassblower of Murano was longlisted for two literary prizes – the spread the word Book to Talk About award and the Waverton Good Read Award in association with Borders books.
The Glassblower of Murano has now sold to 18 countries worldwide.