Tana French

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Tana French (born 1973) is an Irish novelist and theatrical actress. Her debut novel In the Woods (2007), a psychological mystery, won the Edgar,[1] Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards for best first novel. She lives in Dublin.[2]

Personal life[edit]

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.[2] Her father was an economist who worked on resource management for the developing world, so the family lived in many different cultures.[3] French attended Trinity College, Dublin and trained in acting.[2] She ultimately settled in Ireland and since 1990 has lived in Dublin,[2] which she considers home.[4] French is married and has two daughters 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.[2]

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.




  1. ^ a b Edgars Database. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e Tana French Bio at Bookreporter.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  3. ^ Tana French Interview with Joe Hartlaub at Bookreporter.com. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  4. ^ Tana French Interview at Bookreporter.com. 16 July 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  5. ^ Joe Hartlaub. Review of In the Woods at Bookreporter.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  6. ^ 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winners. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Three Irish novels among IMPAC nominees". RTÉ News. 7 November 2011.
  8. ^ Rosita Boland (November 23, 2012). "Banville wins novel of year at awards". The Irish Times. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ Staff writer (April 19, 2013). "Announcing the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winners". LA Times. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 

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