The Serial Shorts Gang

The Serial Shorts Gang (© Julien Magre)

The Serial Shorts Gang (© Julien Magre)

The Serial Shorts Gang is a funky combination of seven of France’s top contemporary writers, including two Goncourt prize winners and one of France’s most-read authors. They are real heavy hitters, who have written among them upwards of 175 acclaimed works of literature. They are:

  • Harold Cobert
  • Irène Frain
  • Christine Orban
  • Daniel Picouly
  • Yann Queffélec
  • Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Didier Van Cauwelaert

We would be amiss not to mention the editor who brought them all together for this 52 Serial Shorts writing adventure: journalist Bernard Lehut.

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Who are they? 

  • Harold Cobert is the youngest of the crowd. He has written six major tomes about the French revolutionary Mirabeau, and three novels, one of which one the Prix du Style, for literary style.
  • Novelist, historian and journalist Irène Frain is a major figure in French literary circles who began her career as a professor at the Sorbonne. She has over thirty books to her name. She was born in 1950 in Lorient and is a founding member of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society.
  • Christine Orban is a bestselling French novelist best known for her explorations of love, desire and female psychology, with over twenty years of writing behind her. She was born in 1954 in Casablanca
  • Daniel Picouly, writer and television personality, wrote his first novel with the help of Daniel Pennac, and now has fourteen novels and nearly forty other works to his name, including children’s books and comics. He was born in 1948 and comes from a family of 13 children.
  • Yann Queffélec also won the Prix Goncourt, in 1985 for The Wedding, which is one of thirty-two novels and essays he has written. He was born in Paris in 1949, where he currently lives; he loves Brittany.
  • Tatiana de Rosnay is a household word in both France and the United States, who ranks as one of France’s top ten novelists and one of the most-read French authors. Her Sarah’s Key sold two million copies in English and three million in French. She was born in the suburbs of Paris in 1961 and is of English, French and Russian descent. She lives in Paris with her family.
  • Didier Van Cauwelaert is a French author of Belgian descent, who won the Prix Goncourt in 1994 for One Way. His books are translated into over twenty languages. He was born in 1960 in Nice.

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