María Dueñas

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María Dueñas
María Dueñas at Gothenburg book fair 2014.
María Dueñas at Gothenburg book fair 2014.
Puertollano, Ciudad Real, Spain
OccupationNovelist, professor
GenreHistorical novel

María Dueñas Vinuesa (Puertollano, 1964) is a Spanish writer and professor.


María Dueñas Vinuesa was born in 1964 in Puertollano, Spain. She has seven siblings. Married with the also professor Manuel Ballesteros, they had two children, Jaime and Bárbara, and the family lives in Cartagena.

She is a professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Murcia, and also an academic author and has worked at different universities in North America.

She came into the spotlight in 2009, achieving great success in Spain thanks to her first novel, El tiempo entre costuras, published in English as The Time in Between, and The Seamstress, a historical espionage novel, which sold more than a million copies. It has already been translated into more than 25 different languages.[1] The novel also won a number of literary awards such as the Historical Novel Award from the City of Cartagena, the top prize at this annual week-long celebration of the historical novel, and the 2011 Culture Award for Literature. It was adapted for television as a same-titled series, produced by the Spanish television network Antena 3. El tiempo entre costuras revolves around the figure of Sira Quiroga, a seamstress who moves to Morocco with her boyfriend right before the uprising that would lead to the Spanish Civil War. There, after many setbacks, she will open her own sewing workshop.

Dueñas had great success again in 2012 when she published her second novel, Misión Olvido, published in English as The Heart Has Its Reasons. This time the setting goes back and forth between the Spanish missions in California and contemporary Spain. Misión Olvido reached its fifth edition on January 25, 2013 with over half a million copies sold and was awarded the Culture Award for Literature by the Region of Madrid.[2]

Her third novel, La Templanza, set in 19th century Mexico City, Havana and Jerez de la Frontera, was released in Spain on 17 March 2015.[3] Following the success of the television adaptation of El tiempo entre costuras, Atresmedia announced the production of a television series based on La Templanza.[4] The series will be produced in 2019 and will be released by Amazon Video.[5]

In 2018, Dueñas' fourth novel, Las hijas del Capitán was published. The novel is set in early 20th century New York City, and focuses on the colony of Spanish expats living in the city.[6]

Published works[edit]

  • The Time in Between or The Seamstress (El tiempo entre costuras) (2009)
  • The Heart Has Its Reasons (Misión Olvido) (2012)
  • The Vineyard (La templanza) (2015)
  • Las hijas del Capitán (2018)


  1. ^ Economía, E. F. E. (May 5, 2014). "La escritora española María Dueñas defiende el elemento del humor en la novela" – via
  2. ^ EuropaPress (06 de noviembre de 2012). "Premios de Cultura de la Comunidad de Madrid". Consultado el 06 de noviembre de 2012. (in Spanish)
  3. ^ "Entrevista a María Dueñas: "He escrito una novela con alma de novela, no de película o serie"". March 29, 2015.
  4. ^ "Atresmedia Televisión adaptará la novela 'La templanza'".
  5. ^ "'La templanza' y 'El Cid' son las nuevas series originales españolas de Amazon". FormulaTV.
  6. ^ "'Las hijas del capitán', la nueva novela de María Dueñas llega a librerías el 12 de abril". El Confidencial.

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