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Christianna Brand (1907–1988)


She served as the 1972-1973 Chair of the Crime Writers' Association and received many nominations for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. She also wrote under the pseudonyms of Mary Roland, China Thomson, Mary Ann Ashe, and Annabel Jones. See more trivia »


in Malaya


(age 80)

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Nanny McPhee
Nanny McPhee Writer
Nanny McPhee Returns
Green for Danger
Secret People
Secret People Writer


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 2010 Nanny McPhee Returns (characters)
 2005 Nanny McPhee ("Nurse Matilda" books)
 1972 Night Gallery (TV Series) (short story - 1 episode)
- The Sins of the Fathers/You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore (1972) ... (short story - segment "The Sins of the Fathers")
 1968 Jackanory (TV Series) (book - 5 episodes)
- Nurse Matilda: Greens for Lunch (1968) ... (book)
- Nurse Matilda: Total War (1968) ... (book)
- Nurse Matilda: Fuddledutch (1968) ... (book)
 1952 Secret People (additional dialogue)
 1947 The Mark of Cain (screenplay)
 1947 Death in High Heels (novel "Death in High Heels")
 1947 Green for Danger (from the novel by)

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Other Works:

Novel: "Green for Danger" (filmed as Green for Danger (1947)) See more »

Alternate Names:

Mary Ann Ashe | Annabel Jones | Mary Roland | China Thomson

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Before getting married and writing, she endured a succession of low-paying jobs, mostly in sales, but also including model, professional ballroom dancer, receptionist, secretary, shop assistant, interior designer, and governess. It has been alleged that she wrote her first book Death in High Heels (1947), while working as a salesgirl, as a way to fantasize about killing a co-worker. See more »

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