Nancy Marie Brown


Ivory Vikings, St. Martin's Press 2015
"Bursting with delicious

Saga of Gudrid the Far-Traveler, Namelos 2015

Song of the Vikings, Palgrave Macmillan 2012
"Shows how mere humans
shape myths"

The Abacus and the Cross, Basic Books 2010
"Will change the way you
think about the Dark Ages"

The Far Traveler, Harcourt Books 2007
"A woman bold and wise"

Mendel in the Kitchen, Joseph Henry Books 2004
"Puts the science back
into the debate"

A Good Horse Has No Color, Stackpole Books 2001
"Rich and transporting,
a true saga"
Nancy Marie Brown 's latest book, Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them (St Martin's 2015), is "a true cornucopia, bursting with delicious revelations," says advance reader Geraldine Brooks, winner of the Pulitzer prize. "Whether your passion is chess, art, archaeology, literature, or the uncanny and beautiful landscape of Iceland, Ivory Vikings offers rich and original insights by a writer who is as erudite as she is engaging."

In a starred review, Booklist calls it "a delight" and "endlessly fascinating." The New Yorker chimes in with "exciting" and "absorbing," while according to The Economist, "the story bristles with fascinating facts."

Read more about Ivory Vikings on Nancy's Books page, find more reviews on her Reviews page, check her Events page to meet her in person or download an interview, or visit her Shop to order a copy.


Nancy Marie Brown 's first novel, The Saga of Gudrid the Far-Traveler, was published in 2015 by namelos. Five hundred years before Columbus, a Viking woman named Gudrid sailed west off the edge of the known world. In 2007, Nancy Marie Brown researched Gudrid's legend through medieval literature and modern archaeology to write The Far Traveler. Now she brings Gudrid's story to life in a historical novel for young adults. Said Kirkus Reviews, "Well-written, thoroughly researched, and adventure-filled, this story of a determined and very human young woman is timeless."


Nancy Marie Brown 's previous books have been well-reviewed:

Writing in the Times Literary Supplement, Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey named Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths (Palgrave Macmillan 2012) his Book of the Year: "Everyone knows now about the Norse gods, Thor and Loki and one-eyed Odin, and the mythology associated with them, Valhalla and Ragnarok and the Midgard Serpent. Most of what we know, however, derives from only one work, the Icelander Snorri Sturluson's thirteenth-century Prose Edda." Praising Nancy's "literary biography," Shippey writes, Snorri was "No hero . . . but one of the greatest writers of the Middle Ages, whose personal saga is now rivetingly told." Song of the Vikings won the 2013 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies.

Giving it a starred review, for books of "unusual merit," Kirkus Reviews called The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages (Basic 2010) "a thoroughly engrossing account of the Dark Ages and one of its Popes, both far less dark than popular histories teach" and "a lively, eye-opening portrait of a sophisticated Europe whose intellectual leaders showed genuine interest in learning."

The New York Times Book Review called The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman (Harcourt 2007) a "snappily written biography of a time and place. ... Brown pursues Gudrid out of admiration for a woman bold and wise. I eagerly pursued this book, which is as much about Brown's adventures as Gudrid's, for the very same reasons."

Co-authored with Nina Fedoroff, Mendel in the Kitchen: A Scientist's View of Genetically Modified Food (Joseph Henry 2004) "puts the science back into dilemmas posed by genetically engineered foods," said one reviewer. It was named one of the Best Sci-Tech Books for General Readers for 2004 by Library Journal and recommended by Choice Reviews Online in May 2013.

Readers called Nancy Marie Brown's first book, A Good Horse Has No Color: Searching Iceland for the Perfect Horse (Stackpole 2001), "rich and transporting, a true saga." It was re-released in 2013 in paperback.

Read more about Nancy Marie Brown's books on her Books page, find more reviews on her Reviews page, or visit her Shop to buy copies.


Nancy Marie Brown is represented by Michelle Tessler, Tessler Literary Agency, 27 West 20th Street, Suite 1003, New York, NY 10011

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