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Nicci Gerrard

UK (1958 - )
Wife of Sean French

aka Nicci French

Nicci Gerrard was born in June 1958 in Worcestershire. After graduating with a first class honours degree in English Literature from Oxford University, she began her first job, working with emotionally disturbed children in Sheffield. In that same year she married journalist Colin Hughes.

In the early eighties she taught English Literature in Sheffield, London and Los Angeles, but moved into publishing in 1985 with the launch of Women's Review, a magazine for women on art, literature and female issues.

In 1987 Nicci had a son, Edgar, followed by a daughter, Anna, in 1988, but a year later her marriage to Colin Hughes broke down.

In 1989 she became acting literary editor at the New Statesman, before moving to the Observer, where she was deputy literary editor for five years, and then a feature writer and executive editor.

It was while she was at the New Statesman that she met Sean French.
Non fiction
Nicci Gerrard recommends
Island (1999)
Jane Rogers
"A novel of redemption."
Disobedience (2000)
Jane Hamilton
"Jane Hamilton is the chronicler of family relationships...lush, easy to read, intense and brimming with dangerous emotions."
The Adventures of Margery Allingham
The Adventures of Margery Allingham (2009)
Julia Jones
"A wonderful and evocative biography."

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