Vanessa Couchman lives in southwest France and is a novelist and freelance writer. She has an MA 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 2014. It was judged in the top four of the Flash 500 Novel Opening Competition in 2013.
Her latest WiP is set in 18th-century Corsica and Marseille. In addition, she plans a novella set in Corsica on the theme of vendetta, and a Corsican WWII novel.
Vanessa also writes short stories with an historical flavour. She has been published in anthologies and placed in creative writing competitions.
Her historical interests are wide-ranging, centring on France and Corsica. Her life in France blog often includes posts about French local and national history.
She is an avid reader of historical fiction.
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If you live in France (or even if you don’t; make a trip of it), there are various Anglo-French literary events going on this year. First up is the Charroux Literary Festival, a biennial event that takes place from Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th August this year. Charroux is located…
The eagerly-awaited film “Dunkirk”, directed by Christopher Nolan, premiers very soon. To celebrate the release, 40+ authors of the Facebook Second World War Club have joined up to put together a Dunkirk Week WWII Epic Novel Sale – a real reading feast for devotees of WWII fiction. From 21st to…
Statue of Pasquale Paoli in Corte Pasquale Paoli, who led the Corsican republic from 1755 to 1769, probably never considered himself a revolutionary. To him, the struggle to liberate Corsica from its Genoese masters was a nation state’s legitimate bid for independence and he regarded himself on a par with…