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Christianna Brand

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Christianna Brand


Born
in Malaysia
December 17, 1907

Died
March 11, 1988

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Christianna Brand (December 17, 1907 - March 11, 1988) was a crime writer and children's author. Brand also wrote under the pseudonyms Mary Ann Ashe, Annabel Jones, Mary Roland, and China Thomson.

She was born Mary Christianna Milne in 1907 in Malaya and spent her early years in India. She had a number of different occupations, including model, dancer, shop assistant and governess.

Her first novel, Death in High Heels, was written while Brand was working as a salesgirl. In 1941, one of her best-loved characters, Inspector Cockrill of the Kent County Police, made his debut in the book Heads You Lose. The character would go on to appear in seven of her novels. Green for Danger is Brand’s most famous novel. The whodunit, set in a World War 2 hos
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Nanny McPhee: Based on the ...

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Green for Danger (Inspector...

3.85 avg rating — 936 ratings — published 1944 — 39 editions
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Nurse Matilda

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3.75 avg rating — 797 ratings — published 1964 — 14 editions
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The Spotted Cat and Other M...

3.87 avg rating — 706 ratings — published 2002 — 2 editions
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Heads You Lose (Inspector C...

3.33 avg rating — 558 ratings — published 1941 — 21 editions
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Suddenly at His Residence (...

3.49 avg rating — 272 ratings — published 1946 — 17 editions
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Fog of Doubt

3.66 avg rating — 206 ratings — published 1952 — 6 editions
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Nurse Matilda Goes to Town

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Death of Jezebel (Inspector...

3.59 avg rating — 193 ratings — published 1948 — 17 editions
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Death in High Heels (Inspec...

3.25 avg rating — 198 ratings — published 1941 — 16 editions
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“She was very ugly - the ugliest person you ever saw in your life! Her hair was scraped into a bun, sticking straight out at the back of her head like a teapot handle; and her face was round and wrinkly, and she had eyes like two little black boot-buttons. And her nose! - she had a nose like two potatoes. She wore a rusty black dress right up to the top of her neck and right down to her button boots, and a rusty black jacket and a rusty black bonnet, all trimmed with trembly black jet, with her teapot-handled of a bun sticky out at the back. And she carried a small brown case and a large black stick, and she had a very fierce expression indeed on her wrinkly, round, brown face.
But what you noticed most of all was that she had one huge front Tooth, sticking right out like a tombstone over her lower lip. You never, in the whole of your life, ever saw such a Tooth!”
Christianna Brand, Nurse Matilda

“Once upon a time there was a huge family of children; and they were terribly, terribly naughty.”
Christianna Brand, Nurse Matilda

“The Agency was doubtful, because they had already sent a lot of nurses and nannies and governesses to Mr. and Mrs. Brown's family. 'The person you want,' they said, 'is Nurse Matilda.”
Christianna Brand, Nurse Matilda

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