Adèle Geras - Modern Languages, 1963

Adèle was born in Jerusalem in 1944 and spent her early childhood in many countries because her father was in the Colonial Service. Before she was eleven, she’d lived in Cyprus, Nigeria, and North Borneo and later her parents were also sent to the Gambia and Tanganyika (now Tanzania) where she used to join them for summer holidays. Adèle went to boarding school in England (Roedean School, Brighton) in 1955 and went on to read French and Spanish at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. She graduated in 1966.

Adèle was an actress, singer and a teacher of French in a girls’ school in Manchester before becoming a full-time writer in 1976. Since then, she’s published more than ninety books for children and young adults. She’s also written four novels for adults, all published by Orion. Adèle lives in Cambridge with her husband Norman Geras. They have two grown up daughters and three grandchildren.