Agnès Desarthe is a French writer.
Desarthe was born 3 May 1966 in Paris. She is the daughter of the paediatrician and writer Aldo Naouri and married to moviemaker Dante Desarthe. Her brother is the opera singer Laurent Naouri. She studied English literature.
She started her career as a translator. In 1992, she published her first novel. She became a prolific writer of children’s books. In 1996 she was awarded the Prix du Livre Inter for her second novel Un secret sans importance. Her most successful novel Mangez-moi has been translated into 15 languages. One of her more recent novels, Dans la nuit brune, received the Prix Renaudot des Lycéens in 2010. Her novels are published in France by Éditions de l'Olivier and in the UK by Portobello Books.
- Quelques minutes de bonheur absolu, 1993
- Tout ce qu'on ne dit pas, 1994
- Un secret sans importance, 1996
- Cinq photos de ma femme, 1998
- Les bonnes intentions, 2000
- Le principe de Frédelle, 2003
- Mangez-moi, 2006
- Le Remplaçant, 2009
- Dans la nuit brune, 2010
- Une partie de chasse, 2012
- Ce qui est arrivé aux Kempinski, 2014
- English translations
- The Scapegoat's Wife (Illustrated by Willi Glasauer), 1993
- The Expedition (Illustrated by Willi Glasauer), 1995
- Five Photos of My Wife, Flamingo, 2001 ISBN 978-0-00-710091-0, short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
- Good Intentions, Flamingo, 2002 ISBN 978-0-00-710093-4, English translation by Adriana Hunter.
- Chez Moi, 2009 ISBN 978-1-84627-102-1, English translation by Adriana Hunter.
- The Foundling, 2012 ISBN 978-1-84627-411-4, English translation by Adriana Hunter.
- Hunting Party, Unnamed Press, 2018 ISBN 978-1-94470-071-3, English translation by Christiana Hills
- Agnès Desarthe :: Écrivain Desarthe’s own website with bio and bibliography
- Agnès Desarthe Portobello Books Her UK publisher’s authors page
- A Page in the Life: Agnès Desarthe Interview by Tim Martin in The Telegraph about her new novel The Foundling
- The Foundling by Agnès Desarthe, translated by Adriana Hunter A review by Alfred Hickling in The Guardian
- Unnamed Press | Hunting Party Hunting Party US publisher's page