Tana French (born 1973) is an Irish novelist and theatrical actress. Her debut novel In the Woods (2007), a psychological mystery, won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards for best first novel. She is a liaison of the Purple Heart Theatre Company and lives in Dublin.
Tana French was born in the United States to Elena Hvostoff-Lombardi and David French, but lived in numerous countries as a child, including Ireland, Italy, the US, and Malawi. Her father was an economist who worked on resource management for the developing world, so the family lived in many different cultures. French attended Trinity College, Dublin and trained in acting. She ultimately settled in Ireland and since 1990 has lived in Dublin, which she considers home. French is married and has a daughter with her husband. She has retained dual citizenship of the US and Italy.
French trained as a professional actor at Trinity; French works in theater, film, and voiceover.
Her debut novel In the Woods (2007) received numerous awards and was a bestseller in hardcover and paperback. Her follow-up novel The Likeness (2008), presenting a story about her lead character Cassie, has also been a bestseller in both versions.
- In the Woods (2007)
- The Likeness (2008)
- Faithful Place (2010)
- Broken Harbour [US: Broken Harbor] (2012)
- The Secret Place (2014)
- 2008 Edgar Award for Best First Novel, for In the Woods
- 2008 Anthony Award, Best First Novel for In the Woods
- 2008 Macavity Award, Best First Mystery for In the Woods
- 2008 Barry Award for Best First Novel
- 2007 Finalist for Los Angeles Times Book Prize (Mystery/Thriller)
- 2012 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award nomination for Faithful Place
- 2012 Irish Book Award, Irish Crime Fiction Award for Broken Harbour
- 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize (Mystery/Thriller) for Broken Harbor
- Edgars Database. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- Tana French Bio at Bookreporter.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- Tana French Interview with Joe Hartlaub at Bookreporter.com. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- Tana French Interview at Bookreporter.com. 16 July 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- Joe Hartlaub. Review of In the Woods at Bookreporter.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winners. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- "Three Irish novels among IMPAC nominees". RTÉ News. 7 November 2011.
- Rosita Boland (November 23, 2012). "Banville wins novel of year at awards". The Irish Times. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
- Staff writer (April 19, 2013). "Announcing the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winners". LA Times. Retrieved April 21, 2013.
- US site for Tana French
- Theme issue of Clues: A Journal of Detection on "Tana French and Irish Crime Fiction" (vol. 32, no. 1, 2014)
- Interview with Tana French in Shots Ezine July 2012
- Be It Ever So Awful, No Place Like..., Janet Maslin, The New York Times, 11 July 2010
- Works by or about Tana French in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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