I’m a multilingual translator and writer. I write literary fiction, speculative fiction and crime fiction. My work has been published or is forthcoming in Fine Linen Magazine, Daily Science Fiction and others. You can find some of it here.
I love a lot of things but my greatest passions are books, writing, cats and other animals, movies, music, and art as well as spirituality and psychology.
I’m also a certified Bach Flower Practitioner (BFRP).
I live in Europe and come from a multi-cultural family. I consider Paris to be my hometown but I don’t live there anymore. Mostly I live in Switzerland and the UK. I speak several languages but I’m always learning more.
I have M.A.s in cultural anthropology and French literature and linguistics.
I read a lot of fiction and nonfiction. When it comes to fiction I read mostly literary fiction but I also like all sorts of crime and fantasy, don’t mind a well-written YA novel and I love children’s books. I read all sorts of nonfiction but have a preference for biographies, memoirs, letters, diaries and essays. I also like to read about a few of my favourite topics like psychology, spirituality, mythology, cultural anthropology and the odd book about cats and other animals.
Favourite literary fiction
Fiction: Giorgio Bassani: I Giardini dei Finzi Contini, Paula Fox: The God of Nightmares, Balzac: Les illusions perdues, Jonathan Coe: The House of Sleep, Kate Chopin: The Awakening, James Joyce: Dubliners, Solzhenitsyn: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, E.M. Forster: A Room with a View, Evelyn Waugh: Brideshead Revisited, Esther Freud: Gaglow, D.H.Lawrence Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Chandler: The Long Goodbye, Alain Fornier: Le grand Meaulnes, Siri Hustvedt: The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, Antonio Tabucchi: Notturno Indiano, Cesare Pavese: La bella estate, Mme de Lafayette: La Princesse de Clèves, Henry James: Portrait of a Lady, Tzingiz Aitmatow: Djamilja, Céline: Voyage au bout de la nuit, Ingeborg Bachmann: Malina, Marlen Haushofer: Die Wand, Boris Vian: L’écume des jours, Gabriel Gracia Marquez: Cien años de soledad, Heinrich Böll: Ansichten eines Clowns, Hermann Hesse: Narziss und Goldmund, Erich Maria Remarque: Im Westen nichts Neues, Pat Barker: Regeneration trilogy, Niccolò Ammaniti: Io non ho paura, Su Tong: Raise the Red Lantern, Eduard von Keyserling: Wellen, Susan Minot: Evening, Steven Millhauser: Enchanted Night, Elizabeth Taylor: A Game of Hide and Seek, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa: Il Gattopardo.
Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon, Charles de Lint’s Dreams Underfoot, Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour, Joy Chant’s Red Moon and Black Mountain, Juliet Marillier’s Daughter of the Forest, Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Lord Dunsany’s The King of Elfland’s Daughter, Gustav Meyrinks The Golem, Maria Szepes’ Red Lion, George MacDonald’s Lilith, Robin McKinley’s Chalice
Favourite Science- Fiction
Anything by Ray Bradbury. Frederic Brown, Ursula K. LeGuin and many more.
Favourite Children’s books
Tom’s Midnight Garden, Skellig, A Monster Calls
Graceling, Fire and Hemlock, On the Jellicoe Road, 13 Reasons Why
Favourite crime writers
Raymond Chandler, Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine, S.J. Bolton, Louise Penny, Minette Walters, Nicci French, James Sallis
Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Hours, The Piano, Portrait of a Lady, In the Cut, In the Mood for Love, L’armée du crime, Lost Highway, Mullholland Drive, Requiem for a Dream, Moulin Rouge, King Arthur, Lord of the Rings, Magnolia, White Oleander, The Man Who Cried, The Big Lebowski, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Les enfants du paradis, Voces inocentes. Melancholia, The Virgin Suicides, Little Children, Blade Runner. Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence
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