Vanessa Couchman

About me

Vanessa Couchman lives in southwest France and is a freelance writer. She has a degree in History from Oxford University.

Her first novel, The House at Zaronza, set in early 20th-century Corsica and during World War I, was published by Crooked Cat Publishing in summer 2014. It was judged in the top four of the Flash 500 Novel Opening Competition in 2013.

She also writes short stories with an historical flavour. She has been published in several anthologies and placed in various competitions.

Her historical interests are wide-ranging – from Eleanor of Aquitaine to occupied France during World War II. Her life in France blog often includes posts about French local and national history.

She is an avid reader of historical fiction.

From my website

10 Reasons to be Proud of France?

The “Stop au France Bashing” campaign is the latest in the beleaguered French government’s efforts to draw attention away from itself. Last week, it posted 10 statistics on its website to demonstrate why citizens should be proud of France. Now, I … Continue reading →

Every Château Tells a Story #2: Le Château de Najac

  On autumn mornings, it rises out of the mist, perched on top of its pinnacle; while on summer evenings, it seems to float in the sky, lit from below. The fortress is a landmark for miles around, standing sentinel … Continue reading →

Bordeaux #2: Sustenance for Body and Soul

  Our mouths watered as we strolled past the displays of fish, fresh produce and pâtisserie at the Quai des Chartrons market. The air rang with the raucous cries of the fishmongers as they broadcast their wares, while wielding filleting … Continue reading →

 
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