Vanessa Couchman

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Vanessa has lived in southwest France since 1997. She is fascinated by French and Corsican history and culture, which provide inspiration for her writing.

Following her two novels in the Tales of Corsica series, current projects include a sequel to The House at Zaronza, based during WWII. Vanessa has also completed part 1 of a three-book series set in France about a woman of humble origins who becomes an opera singer.

Vanessa's short stories have won, been placed and shortlisted in creative writing competitions. A collection of her stories inspired by and set in France, French Collection: Twelve Short Stories, was published in 2017.

Vanessa was a founder of the annual Parisot Literary Festival, now an established event in the literary calen
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I’ve reached a very exciting stage in the genesis of my latest novel, Overture. I can now reveal the cover, and the Kindle version is on pre-order on Amazon.





As ever, my designer JD Smith has come up with a great cover design, which I believe really conveys the flavour of the Belle Epoque period in France.









Overture is Book 1 in L’Alouette trilogy, which is set in rural France and Pa...

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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?!


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