Nicci French

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Nicci French
Nicci French (Nicci Gerard and Sean French) at Natlab - 2018 (41199091585).jpg
French (left) and Gerrard at Natlab, Eindhoven, Netherlands in 2018
BornJulian Sean French
(1959-05-28)28 May 1959
Bristol, England
Nicola Gerrard
(1958-06-10)June 10, 1958
Stourbridge, England
OccupationWriters
Children4

Nicci French is the pseudonym of English husband-and-wife team Nicci Gerrard (born 10 June 1958) and Sean French (born 28 May 1959), who write psychological thrillers together.

Personal lives[edit]

Nicci Gerrard and Sean French were married in 1990. Since 1999 they have lived in Suffolk in East Anglia, England. The couple have two daughters, Hadley and Molly, and Gerrard has two children from her first marriage, Edgar and Anna.

Biography[edit]

Nicci Gerrard[edit]

Nicola 'Nicci' Gerrard was born on 10 June 1958. She grew up in Worcestershire, together with her two sisters and her brother.

She was educated at The Alice Ottley School in Worcester. She then studied English literature at Oxford University and then an MPhil at Sheffield University in 1986.[1] She went on to teach literature in Los Angeles and London. She founded a women's magazine before becoming a freelance journalist. During that time she married and had two children.

Following the failure of this first marriage, she met Sean French whilst working as editor for the New Statesman where French wrote a weekly column, but left when she was offered another job at The Observer.

In November 2014 her father John Gerrard died, his dementia having deteriorated significantly during a five-week stay in hospital for an unrelated problem and with very restricted visiting by his family. As a result of this Gerrard launched John's Campaign for extended visiting rights for carers of patients with dementia.[2][3]

Sean French[edit]

Julian Sean French was born on 28 May 1959 in Bristol, the son of Philip French,[4] a radio producer and film critic, and his Swedish-born wife Kerstin (née Molin). He was, like his two younger brothers Patrick and Karl, educated at William Ellis secondary school in north London before studying English literature at Oxford University. The couple never met while there. While at Oxford University, French won a young writers contest organised by Vogue, and subsequently became a journalist.

In 1987 he gained his first column and until the end of 2000 he wrote a column for the New Statesman. His solo novel Start from Here was published in 2004.

Works[edit]

as Nicci French[edit]

  • The Memory Game (1997)
  • The Safe House (1998)
  • Killing Me Softly (1999)
  • Beneath the Skin (2000)
  • The Red Room (2001)
  • The People Who Went Away (2001), a short story published as a novella for promotional purposes[5]
  • Land of the Living (2003)
  • Secret Smile (2003), basis of British TV series Secret Smile.[6]
  • Catch Me When I Fall (2005)
  • Losing You (2006)
  • Until It's Over (2007)
  • Speaking Ill of the Dead (2008), a short story published for promotional purposes[7]
  • What to Do When Someone Dies (2008)
  • Complicit (2009), published in the United States as The Other Side of the Door (2010)
  • Blue Monday (A Frieda Klein Novel) (2011)
  • Tuesday's Gone (A Frieda Klein Novel) (2013)
  • Waiting for Wednesday (A Frieda Klein Novel) (2013)
  • Thursday's Child (A Frieda Klein Novel) (2014)
  • Friday on My Mind (A Frieda Klein Novel) (2015)
  • Saturday Requiem (A Frieda Klein Novel) (2016), published in the United States as Dark Saturday (2017)
  • Sunday Morning Coming Down (A Frieda Klein Novel) (2017), published in the United States as Sunday Silence
  • The Day of the Dead (A Frieda Klein Novel) (2018)
  • The Lying Room (2019)

Works solely by Sean French[edit]

  • Patrick Hamilton: A Life (1993), biography
  • The Imaginary Monkey (1994), novel
  • Bardot (1995), biography
  • The Dream of Dreams (1996), novel
  • Jane Fonda: A Biography (1998), biography
  • Start from Here (2004), novel.

Works solely by Nicci Gerrard[edit]

  • Things we knew were true (Michael Joseph, 2003) – featuring teenage sisters, LCCN 2003-363056
  • Soham (2004)
  • Solace (2005)
  • Simple in the Moonlight (2006)
  • The Middle Place (2008)
  • The Winter House (2009)
  • Missing Persons (2011)
  • The Twilight Hour (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sheffield, University of. "Where are they now? Professor Adam Hart - News - Alumni - The University of Sheffield". www.sheffield.ac.uk.
  2. ^ Fox, Killian; Gerrard, Nicci (16 March 2019). "Nicci Gerrard: 'Dementia is more scary when you try not to think about it'". The Observer. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  3. ^ Gerrard, Nicci (3 April 2019). "On my father's dementia and the joy of dancing". New Statesman. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  4. ^ The Atlantic Companion to Literature in English, New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, 2007, p.190
  5. ^ "International Fiction Bestsellers". Publishing Trends. September 2003. Archived from the original on 11 February 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2008.
  6. ^ "David-Tennant.com". Archived from the original on August 27, 2014.
  7. ^ "Crime Drama | Alibi Channel". Uktv.co.uk. Archived from the original on 13 October 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2014.

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