Nicci French Bibliography Template

Nicci French Biography

Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French.

Nicci Gerrard was born in June 1958 in Worcestershire, England. After graduating with a first class honours degree in English Literature from Oxford University, she began her first job, working with emotionally disturbed children in Sheffield.

In 1989 she became acting literary editor at the New Statesman, before moving to the Observer, where she was deputy literary editor for five years, and then a feature writer and executive editor. It was while she was at the New Statesman that she met Sean French. She has individually written eight novels (as of 2017).

Sean French was born in May 1959 in Bristol, to a British father and Swedish mother. He too studied English Literature at Oxford University at the same time as Nicci, also graduating with a first class degree, but their paths didn't cross until 1990. In 1981 he won Vogue magazine's Writing Talent Contest, and from 1981 to 1986 he was their theatre critic. During that time he also worked at the Sunday Times as deputy literary editor and television critic, and was the film critic for Marie Claire and deputy editor of New Society. Sean and Nicci were married in Hackney in October 1990. Their daughters were born in 1991 and 1993.

By the mid-nineties Sean had had two novels published, as well as numerous non-fiction books, including biographies. Sean has a total of 6 books published.

In 1995 Nicci and Sean began work on their first joint novel and adopted the pseudonym of Nicci French. The Memory Game was published to great acclaim in 1997 followed by The Safe House (1998), Killing Me Softly (1999), Beneath the Skin (2000), The Red Room (2001), Land of the Living (2002), Secret Smile (2003), Catch Me When I Fall (2005), Losing You (2006) and Until It's Over (2008), What To Do When Someone Dies (2009) and Complicit (2010). In 2011 Blue Monday, the first book in their new Frieda Klein series was published to much critical acclaim. This was followed by Tuesday's Gone (2012) and Waiting for Wednesday (2013). The latest in the Frieda Klein series is Saturday Requiem (2016).

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For the dancer/singer, see Nicki French.

Nicci French is the pseudonym of English husband-and-wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, who write psychological thrillers together.

Personal life[edit]

Gerrard and Sean French were married in 1990. Since 1999 they have lived in Suffolk in East Anglia, England. Nicci has two children from her first marriage, Edgar and Anna, and the couple have two daughters of their own, Hadley and Molly.

Nicci Gerrard[edit]

Nicci Gerrard was born on 10 June 1958. She grew up in Worcestershire, together with her two sisters and her brother.

She was educated at The Alice Ottley School in Worcester. She then studied English literature at Oxford University and then an MPhil at Sheffield University in 1986.[1] She went on to teach literature in Los Angeles and London. She founded a women's magazine before becoming a freelancejournalist. During that time she married and had two children.

Following the failure of this first marriage, she met Sean French whilst working as editor for the New Statesman where French wrote a weekly column, but left when she was offered another job at The Observer.

In November 2014 her father John Gerrard died, his dementia having deteriorated significantly during a five-week stay in hospital for an unrelated problem and with very restricted visiting by his family. As a result of this Gerrard launched John's Campaign for extended visiting rights for carers of patients with dementia.[2]

Sean French[edit]

Sean French was born on 28 May 1959 in Bristol, the son of Philip French,[3] a radio producer and film critic. He was, like his two younger brothers Patrick and Karl, educated at William Ellis secondary school in north London before studying English literature at Oxford University. The couple never met while there. While at Oxford University, French won a young writers contest organised by Vogue, and subsequently became a journalist.

In 1987 he gained his first column and until the end of 2000 he wrote a column for the New Statesman. His solo novel Start from Here was published in 2004.

Works by Nicci French[edit]

  • The Memory Game (1997)
  • The Safe House (1998)
  • Killing Me Softly (1999)
  • Beneath the Skin (2000)
  • The Red Room (2001)
  • The People Who Went Away (2001), a short story published as a novella for promotional purposes[4]
  • Land of the Living (2003)
  • Secret Smile (2003), basis of British TV series Secret Smile.[5]
  • Catch Me When I Fall (2005)
  • Losing You (2006)
  • Until It's Over (2007)
  • Speaking Ill of the Dead (2008), a short story published for promotional purposes[6]
  • What to Do When Someone Dies (2008)
  • Complicit (2009), published in the United States as The Other Side of the Door (2010)
  • Blue Monday (A Frieda Klein Novel) (2011)
  • Tuesday's Gone (A Frieda Klein Novel) (2013)
  • Waiting for Wednesday (A Frieda Klein Novel) (2013)
  • Thursday's Child (A Frieda Klein Novel) (2014)
  • Friday on My Mind (A Frieda Klein Novel) (2015)
  • Saturday Requiem (A Frieda Klein Novel) (2016), published in the United States as Dark Saturday (2017)
  • Sunday Morning Coming Down (A Frieda Klein Novel) (2017), published in the United States as Sunday Silence
  • The Day of the Dead (A Frieda Klein Novel) (2018)

Works by Sean French[edit]

  • Patrick Hamilton: A Life (1993), biography
  • The Imaginary Monkey (1994), novel
  • Bardot (1995), biography
  • The Dream of Dreams (1996), novel
  • Jane Fonda: A Biography (1998), biography
  • Start from Here (2004), novel.

Works by Nicci Gerrard[edit]

  • Things we knew were true (Michael Joseph, 2003) – featuring teenage sisters, LCCN 2003-363056
  • Soham (2004)
  • Solace (2005)
  • Simple in the Moonlight (2006)
  • The Middle Place (2008)
  • The Winter House (2009)
  • Missing Persons (2011)
  • The Twilight Hour (2014)

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Nicci French during a book-signing session in the Netherlands, 2013

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