Frances Liardet has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and studied Arabic at Oxford before traveling to Cairo, where she translated modern Egyptian novelists including Nobel-prize winner Naguib Mahfouz and Edwar al-Kharrat. She currently lives in Somerset, England, and helps to run a summer writing session called Bootcamp, where local writers get together to share work and constructive criticism. Her first novel, The Game, won a Betty Trask Award.
Frances Liardet recommends
Lost Autumn (2020)
"Such compelling, confident storytelling. MacColl is emotionally sure-footed, skilfully warming and chilling your heart as she dwells on royalty, humanity, the psychological ravages of war, and the persistence of love."
Those Who Are Saved (2021)
"Such subtle and skilful writing, so evocative of the Second World War and the period following. We are drawn deep into the story of a mother who, escaping to America, had no choice but to leave her daughter behind in the heart of Nazi-occupied France. Absolutely haunting."
The Women of Chateau Lafayette (2021)
"Vividly told and compelling. The stories of these three splendid women intertwine beautifully into a heart-stopping tale."
All the Children Are Home (2021)
"Like Dahlia with her foster-children, Francis cleverly allows each character talk and move and grow at their own pace. The rhythms of the story are those of family life: the stories and relationships grow over the stretch of years, and at the end we feel as a young adult feels when they are on the brink of leaving home: we suddenly look back see it all for the first time, all in the round."
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