Malla Nunn

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Malla Nunn
Born Swaziland
Language English
Nationality Australian
Years active 2008–

Malla Nunn is an award-winning screenwriter and author, who was born in Swaziland.[1] Her works include the murder mystery, A Beautiful Place to Die, and Let the Dead Lie.[2]

Private Life[edit]

Nunn was born in Swaziland and moved to Perth with her parents in the 1970s. She attended the University of Western Australia graduating with a B.A. with a double major in English and History She completed a M.A. in Theatre Studies at Villanova University in Philadelpia. [3] While in America she met her husband-to-be and they live with their two childrenin Sydney .[4]


Nunn wrote and directed several short film including the documentary Servant of the Ancestors in 1998 which screened at several festivals'[5] It won Best Documentary Silver Images, Pan African, Zanzibar Film Festival, 2000.[6] Her first book A Beautiful Place to Die was published in 2008. Set in South Africa in the beginning of the apartheid era in South Africa it featured Detective Emmanuael Cooper.[7] This was the beginning of the Detective Emmanuel Cooper series.


  • A Beautiful Place to Die (2008) - Book 1 Detective Emmanuel Cooper series
  • Let the Dead Lie (2010) - Book 2 Detective Emmanuel Cooper series
  • Silent Valley (2012) also known as Blessed are the Dead - Book 3 Detective Emmanuel Cooper series
  • Present Darkness (2014) - Book 4 Detective Emmanuel Cooper series
  • Contributor to If I Tell You... I'll Have to Kill You (Michael Robotham editor) (2013)



  1. ^ a b "About Malla Nunn". Panmacmillan. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Malla Nunn. "Malla Nunn Simon & Schuster Page". Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Malla Nunn comes to town 13 September 2013". The Inverell Times. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Malla Nunn Biography". Book Browse. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Servant of the Ancestors 1998". Screen Australia. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "art + soul Jo-anne McGowan Producer". ABC. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "A Beautiful Place to Die An Emmanuel Cooper Mystery". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Shortlist for the 2013 Davitt Awards". Aust Crime Fiction. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Mystery Writers of America 2013 Awards" (PDF). The Edgars [Mystery Writers of America]. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "Announcing the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards Shortlist". Aust Crime Fiction. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "Keeping up with the 2015 Davitt Awards - Adult Fiction". Aust Crime Fiction. Retrieved 8 March 2017.