Stoughton pic with Ted

Photo by Natalie Miller 2012

Thank you for visiting my website -I hope you enjoy it.

To find out more about my life and inspirations, click on ‘Biography‘. You can read the opening pages of ‘His Last Duchess’ and ‘The Courtesan’s Lover’ (click on ‘Chapter‘ and then select) , or you could browse through a selection of photographs of the locations in Italy where ‘His Last Duchess’ is set, along with a couple of portraits (click on ‘Gallery‘). On the Short Story‘ page, you can also read a magic-realist tale of mine called ‘Kite‘ which won the City of Derby Short Story Competition in October 2009. There is a ‘Blogsection on the site, too, where you can catch up with recent events.


His Last Duchess

The Courtesan’s Lover

The Girl with the Painted Face

The Coutesan's Lover


Sphere 2010
Sphere 2011
Sphere 2013



‘A stunning debut, rich in historical detail, that explores women’s freedom, forbidden love, and the passions and people of 16th century Tuscany and Ferrara.’– Irish Times

‘Captivating …’ Now Magazine

Kimm, an English and drama teacher, writes with elegance and seductive charm as she weaves her magic on a rich and colourful story of love and hatred, obsession and intrigue. Beautifully descriptive, full of fascinating period detail and simmering with tension and sexual chemistry, His Last Duchess is a love story to savour…’ Lancashire Evening Post

‘Gabrielle Kimm writes with a charm that entices us into a world of intrigue and dark undertones. She creates a passionate love story that gets under your skin, intimate and touching, against a backdrop of danger and treachery. Her vivid portrayal of Medici life is rich and wonderfully imagined, as she draws a skilful portrait of a fascinating time and place (Kate Furnivall, author of THE RUSSIAN CONCUBINE )

Integral to its pace is the balance within its characters; there are no cardboard stereotypes here. Complex psychology is demonstrated in dialogue and actions appropriate to the period … but they are essentially, deeply human and in that sense are timeless. (reader review)



A glorious tale of dangerous love in 16th-century Italy (Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller )

A heartwarming story of love and redemption (Historical Novels Review)

This passionate story resounds with historic truth and makes for a vibrant journey around the Naples of the past (Italia! magazine )

The multiple narrative strands of this rich tapestry are woven with a skilled, light touch. The Courtesan’s Lover is sexy, moving and, at times, nail-bitingly tense. Peopled with memorable characters set against a stunning backdrop, this is historical romance at its best. (reader review)



If 16th century Italy is Kimm’s passion then delivering the drama of her stories with thrilling authenticity and vivacious artistry is her trusty trademark. In The Girl with the Painted Face, she serves up a visual treat as she choreographs her eclectic players’ shows in amazing detail and paints a rich and memorable portrait of both Sofia and her world. A gripping, vibrant and entertaining story…(Lancashire Evening Post)

Through her scrupulous research and vivid descriptions, the author has woven an historical tale that is both entertaining and educational. Sixteenth-century Italy and the world of the Commedia dell’Arte are vividly brought to life; the reader is almost able to see and smell the countryside, the crowded taverns, the lively marketplaces, and the colourful characters, some of whom have very dark and dangerous sides. (Historical Novel Society)


‘His Last Duchess’, ‘The Courtesan’s Lover’ and ‘The Girl With The Painted Face’ were published by Little, Brown, under the Sphere imprint
in August 2010, and November 2011 and November 2013 respectively.