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Muriel Barbery

Muriel Barbery is a former lecturer in philosophy and the bestselling author of IMPAC-shortlisted novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Published in France in 2006 and in the UK in 2008, it has gone on…

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Anne Berest

Anne Berest is a Parisian author and journalist. She also writes for television, cinema and theatre. She was working on her third novel when Françoise Sagan’s son, Denis Westhoff, asked her to write a…

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Napoléon Bonaparte

A French general, First Consul of the French Republic (1799-1804), President of the Italian Republic (1802-1805), Mediator of the Swiss Confederation (1803-1813), Emperor of the French (1804-1814, 181…

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Miguel Bonnefoy

Miguel Bonnefoy was born in France in 1986 to a Venezuelan mother and a Chilean father. In 2013, he was awarded the Prix du Jeune Ecrivain, which previously launched the careers of Marie Darrieussecq…

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Fabrice Bourland

Fabrice Bourland has worked extensively in the magazine and publishing world and is a great admirer of Edgar Allan Poe. The Baker Street Phantom and The Dream Killer of Paris are supernatural thriller…

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Armand Cabasson

Armand Cabasson is a psychiatrist and novelist working in the north of France. The Officer’s Prey is the first in the Quentin Margont series of thrillers set in the Napoleonic Wars. It was published i…

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Maxime Chattam

Maxime Chattam was born in Val-d’Oise, just outside Paris. He studied criminology and worked as a bookseller before he began writing full-time. His bestselling crime novels include La Trilogie du mal…

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Michel Déon

Michel Déon, who was born in Paris and died in Galway in 2016 at the age of 97, was the author of more than 50 works of fiction and non-fiction, and a member of the Académie Française. His 1970 novel…

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Éric Faye

Born in Limoges, Éric Faye is a journalist and the prize-winning author of more than twenty books, including novels and travel memoirs. He was awarded the Académie Française Grand Prix du Roman in 201…

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Michèle Fitoussi

Michèle Fitoussi was born in Tunisia to French parents, and has lived in Paris since the age of five. She worked as a journalist at Elle Magazine for 25 years, interviewing world leaders in areas as v…

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Pascal Garnier

Pascal Garnier, who died in March 2010, was a talented novelist, short story writer, children’s author and painter. From his home in the mountains of the Ardèche, he wrote fiction in a noir palette wi…

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Laurent Gaudé

Born in 1972, Laurent Gaudé is one of France’s most highly respected playwrights and novelists. He has won many prizes including the Goncourt in 2004 for The Scortas’ Sun, published in 34 countries. I…

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Anna Gavalda

Anna Gavalda is a French teacher and award-winning novelist. Her first short story collection, Je voudrais que quelqu’un m’attende quelque part, was published in 1999. It has been published in English…

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Hélène Gestern

Hélène Gestern was born in 1971. She teaches and researches in the field of linguistics at CNRS and sits on the editorial committee of a literary review dedicated to autobiographical writing. Her firs…

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André Gide

André Gide was a giant of twentieth-century French literature. An innovator of the novelistic form, he undertook a life-long exploration of morality in his work, and was a major influence on the writi…

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Hélène Grémillon

Hélène Grémillon worked in advertising and journalism before becoming a writer. Born in France, she currently lives in Paris with her family. The Confidant is her first novel and has been translated f…

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Stéphane Heuet

Stéphane Heuet is an artist and comics illustrator, born in Brest, France, in 1957. The son of a naval officer, he is himself a keen sailor, and in 2010 he published a collection of 18 maritime storie…

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Claude Izner

Claude Izner is the pen-name of two sisters, Liliane Korb and Laurence Lefèvre. Both booksellers on the banks of the Seine, they are experts on nineteenth-century Paris. They are prolific writers of d…

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Andrea Japp

Andrea Japp is one of the grandes dames of French crime writing with over thirty novels published. She is a forensic scientist by profession and weaves this knowledge into her books, giving them parti…

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Sébastien Japrisot

Sébastien Japrisot (4 July 1931 – 4 March 2003) was a French author, screenwriter and film director, born in Marseille. His pseudonym was an anagram of Jean-Baptiste Rossi, his real name. Japrisot has…

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Yves Jégo

Yves Jégo is a politician and spokesperson for the UMP party. He is the co-author with Denis Lépée of the historical novel The Sun Conspiracy, a dazzling depiction of courtly life in 1661.

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Yasmina Khadra

Yasmina Khadra is the author of more than 20 novels, including The Swallows of Kabul and The Attack, both shortlisted for the IMPAC literary award. Khadra’s work has been published in 45 countries. He…

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Antoine Laurain

Antoine Laurain was born in Paris and is a journalist, antiques collector and award-winning author. His novel The President’s Hat was a Waterstones Book Club and ABA Indies Introduce pick in 2013. Ant…

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François Lelord

François Lelord studied and practiced psychiatry in Paris, and was a consultant for companies interested in reducing stress for their employees. On a trip to Hong Kong, the Hector character popped int…

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Denis Lépée

Denis Lépée, co-author of The Sun King Conspiracy, is a local politician and environmental adviser. He is the author of books on Ernest Hemingway and Winston Churchill.

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Guillaume Musso

Guillaume Musso was the number one bestselling author in France in 2011 and 2012. Guillaume was born in Antibes, where he still lives. After finishing high school, he spent several months as an ice cr…

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Jean-François Parot

Jean-François Parot is a diplomat and historian. He is the author of the Nicolas Le Floch mysteries, which take place in eighteenth century France. The novels, beginning with The Châtelet Apprentice, …

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Gilles Pétel

Gilles Pétel was born and raised in Dunkirk. After studying philosophy at the Université de Nice, he spent several years abroad teaching. In 1996 his first novel, Le Métier dans le sang, was published…

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Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust was born on July 10, 1871, at 96, Rue La Fontaine in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris (Auteuil district) and died at the age of 51 on November 18, 1922, at 44, Rue Hamelin, Paris XVI. Hi…

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Jocelyne Rapinac

Jocelyne Rapinac is a modern languages teacher in London. Born in France, she has lived in the US, Switzerland and the UK with her husband James. Freedom Fries and Café Crème, transatlantic tales of f…

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Anna Sam

Anna Sam was born in Rennes, where she still lives with her husband and two dogs. After graduating from university, she worked as a supermarket checkout girl for eight years. She began to document her…

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Romain Slocombe

Romain Slocombe began his career as an illustrator working on comics and counter-culture magazines such as Métal hurlant in the late seventies and early eighties. As an artist, he was closely involved…

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Jean Teulé

Jean Teulé lives in the Marais area of Paris with his partner, the film actress Miou-Miou. An illustrator, filmmaker and television presenter, he is also the prize-winning author of more than ten book…

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Caroline Vermalle

Caroline Vermalle was born in France in 1973 to a family whose French roots go back at least as far as the 16th century. Yet, she is a vegetarian who can’t cook, doesn’t drink, finds berets itchy and…

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