Vanessa Couchman

About me

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.

From my website

History People: Kate Braithwaite, Writing Historical Crime

I’m delighted to welcome today an author who is very much a writer after my own heart. Kate Braithwaite likes to write novels that take real historical events as their starting point and have an unsolved mystery at the centre. This has taken her from Louis XIV’s France to Charles…

New Horizons: Tales of Corsica

April will see the reissue of The House at Zaronza, my novel set in early 20th-century Corsica and at the Western Front during World War I. It was first published by Crooked Cat Books in 2014, and I’m eternally grateful to them for taking me on and for everything I have learned…

History People: Nancy Jardine and Real Historical Figures

Statue of the Roman Commander Agricola in Frejus. A big welcome to Nancy Jardine, a great author and a specialist on Roman Britain. She raises a familiar dilemma for historical novelists: how do you get plausibly into the mind of someone who lived two thousand years ago? What sort of…

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