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Lucy Wadham

Anthony Goff

Lucy Wadham was born in London and educated at Oxford University before moving to Paris in 1989 where she became a freelance journalist, writing about France for the British Press. Her first novel, Lost, a thriller set in Corsica, was published by Faber to great acclaim, shortlisted for the Macallan Gold Dagger Award and optioned for the screen by John Malkovich. This was followed by Castro’s Dream (2003), and Greater Love (2007). In 2009, Faber published her bestselling book, The Secret Life of France.

In 2013, Penguin published Heads and Straights, a short memoir of growing up off the Kings Road in the 1970s when punk was in full bloom, which she adapted for television with her sister Rosie and won the C21 International Drama Award in 2015. In the same year, her first play, Parfaite, won the Prix des Spectateurs at the Paris des Femmes Festival. Her poetry collection Fold (Pindrop Press) was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney First Poetry Collection Award 2020.

The Secret Life of France