Vanessa Couchman

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Vanessa never expected to end up in the south of France, but since moving there more than 20 years ago she hasn’t looked back. When she’s not writing, she’s reading. Or singing. Or walking. Or enjoying the cuisine for which France is famed.

Being a “history nut”, she lives in absolutely the right place. The beguiling Mediterranean island of Corsica also provides great inspiration for her writing, and she visits it whenever she can get away.

Two of her three novels, THE HOUSE AT ZARONZA and THE CORSICAN WIDOW, are set on Corsica; the third, OVERTURE, is set in Southwest France and Paris. All three are very loosely based on true stories.

Vanessa also writes short stories, many of which have been placed in creative writing competitions and pub
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I’m delighted to be involved in Ocelot Press‘s latest venture: Doorways to the Past, a collection of historical short stories and character interviews from five Ocelot Press authors, will be released on 30th July 2020. There’s something for all historical tastes in here.





Sue Barnard, myself, Cathie Dunn, Nancy Jardine and Jennifer C. Wilson have put together this collection. Yvonne Mar

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Description: This is Chapter 1 of my published debut novel, set in early 20th-century Corsica and at the Western Front during World War I. The story starts in the present day with a young British woman seeking to trace her Corsican ancestors.

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Vanessa Couchman Sue1958 wrote: "Thank you Vanessa for connecting with me"

Hi Sue, I'm terribly embarrassed, because I've only just seen this message from you dating back to Jan this year. Even after more than 2 years, I'm still getting my head around Goodreads. Thank YOU for connecting. I'm always interested to read your incisive reviews. How many books a year do you read?!


ReadAlongWithSue Thank you Vanessa for connecting with me


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