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Anderson, Alison

Works: 85 works in 327 publications in 4 languages and 22,509 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Detective and mystery fiction  Humorous fiction  Biography  Autobiographies  History  Personal narratives  Fantasy fiction  Romance fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author, tra, Contributor
Classifications: PQ2662.A6523, 843.92
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Alison Anderson
The elegance of the hedgehog by Muriel Barbery( Book )

27 editions published between 1999 and 2018 in English and Spanish and held by 2,818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lives of fifty-four-year-old concierge Renée Michel and extremely bright, suicidal twelve-year-old Paloma Josse are transformed by the arrival of a new tenant, Kakuro Ozu. Some strong language. 2007 French booksellers prize. 2008
Even silence has an end : my six years of captivity in the Colombian jungle by Ingrid Betancourt( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ingrid Betancourt tells the story of her captivity in the Colombian jungle, sharing powerful teachings of resilience, resistance, and faith. Born in Bogota, raised in France, Ingrid Betancourt gave up a life of comfort and safety to return to Colombia, a country that was being destroyed by terrorism, violence, fear and hopelessness. In 2002, while campaigning as a candidate in the Colombian presidential election, she was abducted by the FARC, a brutal terrorist guerilla organization. This is her deeply personal and moving account of her six-and-a-half year captivity. (Bestseller)
The elegance of the hedgehog by Muriel Barbery( Recording )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lives of fifty-four-year-old concierge Rene Michel and extremely bright, suicidal twelve-year-old Paloma Josse are transformed by the arrival of a new tenant, Kakuro Ozu
Don't turn out the lights by Bernard Minier( Book )

5 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and French and held by 876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""You did nothing." Christine Steinmeyer thought the anonymous suicide note she found in her mailbox on Christmas Eve wasn't meant for her. But the man calling in to her radio show seems convinced otherwise. Bit by bit, strange things keep happening ... it's as if someone has taken control of her life. Everything holding Christine's life together crumbles until all that is left is an unimaginable nightmare. Martin Servaz is on leave in a clinic for depressed cops, haunted by his childhood sweetheart Marianne's kidnapping by his nemesis, the psychopath Julian Hirtmann. One day, he receives a key card to a hotel room in the mail--the room where an artist committed suicide a year earlier. Someone wants him to get back to work, which he's more than ready to do, despite his mandatory sick leave ... What if the people closest to us are not what they seem? What happens when someone takes control of your life and your relationships? And what is hiding in the darkness? Don't turn out the lights. If you do, prepare for the worst"--
The circle by Bernard Minier( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"They find the boy by the swimming pool, dolls floating on its surface. Inside the house, his teacher lies dead. But he claims to remember nothing. June 2010. In the middle of a World Cup match, Martin Servaz receives a call from a long-lost lover. A fewmiles away in the town of Marsac, Classics professor Claire Diemar has been brutally murdered. As if that weren't disturbing enough, Servaz receives a cryptic e-mail indicating that Julian Hirtmann, the most twisted of all serial killers, is back, and hitting a little too close to home. With death and chaos surrounding the small university town in Southern France where he was once a student and where his daughter is now enrolled, Servaz must act quickly. With the help of detectives Irene Ziegler and Esperandieu, Servaz will have to uncover a world of betrayal and depravity to connect the dots between these gruesome murders that keep re-opening wounds from his past. After the success of The Frozen Dead, Bernard Minier plunges readers once again into a perfectly constructed, dark and oppressive atmosphere, driven foreward by a gripping plot, pushing the limits of the genre"--
The confidant : [a novel : secrets can be keep forever] by Hélène Grémillon( Book )

14 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paris, 1975. Sifting through condolence letters after her mother's death, Camille finds a long, handwritten missive that she assumes came by mistake. But every Tuesday brings another installment from a stranger named Louis, a man separated from his first love, Annie, in the years before World War II. But also awaiting her discovery is the other side of the story, and Camille soon realizes that her own life may be the next chapter in this tragic story
Gourmet rhapsody by Muriel Barbery( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A great food critic who can make or destroy the reputation of a chef with a stroke of his pen, Pierre Arthens faces his imminent death by trying to recall the one perfect flavor he sampled in his youth, a flavor that he believes forms the ultimate truth of his life
The summer guest : a novel by Alison Anderson( Book )

11 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and Czech and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To keep herself occupied after recently losing her sight, Zinaida begins a diary in the summer of 1888. When a family rents a guesthouse on her family's estate, Zinaida meets and befriends Anton, the middle son, who is a doctor and a writer. As the summer progresses, Zinaida's diary becomes an intimate, introspective narrative of her singular relationship with Anton. More than a century later, Katya Kendall discovers Zinaida's diary, and in a last attempt to save her publishing business, she hires Ana to translate the diary. They soon realize that Zinaida's Anton is actually Anton Chekhov, the author and playwright, and that the diary points to the possibility that Chekhov used that summer to write a novel. As Katya and Ana delve deeper, they reflect on the events and forces which have steered them to where they are, and they discover that the manuscript is not the only mystery the diary holds. --
The life of elves by Muriel Barbery( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An inspiring literary fantasy about two gifted girls from the bestselling author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, The Life of Elves sings of the human spirit and conveys a message of hope and faith. Muriel Barbery's new novel is the first of two books about Maria and Clara, unforgettable heroines of a world facing annihilation. Animated by a large cast of endearing characters, it is a timeless story about the forces of good and evil and a moving meditation on the power of nature, music, art, storytelling, and love. When the harmony between living beings turns to discord, the seasons will be loosed from their moorings and the natural world thrown into disarray; human beings--no longer capable of feeling either empathy or enchantment--will abandon themselves to hate, violence, and war. An epic battle between forces that wish to reestablish harmony in the world and those that wish to shatter it definitively is being waged on earth and in the mysterious land of mist, where the elves dwell. A ragtag army of rural peasants gathers in readiness for the fight--their weapons, an age-old kinship with the land and an affinity for magic. But humankind cannot hope to win this battle alone. Victory depends on help from the inhabitants of a world that is hidden from human sight. Hope rests with Maria and Clara, two girls whose prodigious artistic talents and deep connections with nature make communion with the numinous realm possible."--Publisher's description
The 6:41 to Paris by Jean-Philippe Blondel( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cécile, a stylish 47-year-old, has spent the weekend visiting her parents in a provincial town southeast of Paris. By early Monday morning, she's exhausted. These trips back home are always stressful and she settles into a train compartment with an empty seat beside her. But it's soon occupied by a man she instantly recognizes: Philippe Leduc, with whom she had a passionate affair that ended in her brutal humiliation 30 years ago. In the fraught hour and a half that ensues, their express train hurtles towards the French capital. Cécile and Philippe undertake their own face to face journey--In silence? What could they possibly say to one another?--with the reader gaining entrée to the most private of thoughts. Constructed like an intensely intimate theater performance or a high-wire act on rails, this is a psychological thriller about past romance, with all its pain and promise."--
A novel bookstore by Laurence Cossé( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2019 in English and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A mysterious death, unusual car accident, and anonymous threats have one thing in common-- the victims are all members of the Good Novel bookstore's secret selection committee. Set in Paris, this tale combines mystery, romance, and French theology and literature
Hunting and gathering by Anna Gavalda( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prize-winning author Anna Gavalda has galvanized the literary world with an exquisite genius for storytelling. Here, in her epic new novel of intimate lives-and filled with the "humanity and wit" (Marie Claire) that has made it a bestselling sensation in France-Gavalda explores the twists of fate that connect four people in Paris. Comprised of a starving artist, her shy, aristocratic neighbor, his obnoxious but talented roommate, and a neglected grandmother, this curious, damaged quartet may be hopeless apart, but together, they may just be able to face the world
Hidden latitudes : a novel by Alison Anderson( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the aviatrix Amelia Earhart, some 40 years after her disappearance on her round-the-world flight. It is told as she spies on a young couple, repairing their boat on her island while sailing in the Pacific. She never reveals herself. A first novel
Onitsha by J.-M. G Le Clézio( Book )

8 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and French and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on white colonialism in Africa through the eyes of Fintan, a 12-year-old boy who joins his parents in Nigeria. He meets an African boy his age and participates in the world of the Africans, contrasting it with the world of the whites
The lady in white (La dame blanche) by Christian Bobin( )

7 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A lyrical rendering of Emily Dickinson's life"--
French leave by Anna Gavalda( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2019 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Siblings Simon, Garance, and Lola flee a dull family wedding to visit brother Vincent, who is working as a guide at a château in the heart of the charming Tours countryside. For a few hours, they forget about the many demands of adulthood and lose themselves in a day of laughter, teasing, and memories
Darwin's wink : a novel of nature and love by Alison Anderson( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two naturalists find unexpected love as they work to save a rare bird species on an island off the coast of Mauritius. Both are haunted by old ghosts and hardened by past tragedies. Fran mourns the mysterious death of her Mauritian lover; Christian, a former International Red Cross worker, has recently arrived from Bosnia, where the woman he loved disappeared during the war. As the two of them slowly learn to trust again, they must also contend with strange threats to the island that put everything at risk." "Darwin's Wink is a story that weaves emotional explorations of love, fertility, evolution, and survival - all against an exotic, lush island setting. This is a book for the readers of Andrea Barrett, Barbara Kingsolver, and other writiers who marry story and nature."--Jacket
The case of Lisandra P. by Hélène Grémillon( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The acclaimed author of The Confidant returns with a gripping psychological novel for fans of The Girl on the Train and The Silent Wife about a wife's secrets, a husband accused of murder, and a marriage gone terribly wrong. Buenos Aires, 1987. When a beautiful young woman named Lisandra is found dead at the foot of a six-story building, her husband, a psychoanalyst, is immediately arrested for her murder. Convinced of Vittorio's innocence, one of his patients, Eva Maria, is drawn into the investigation seemingly by chance. As she combs through secret recordings of Vittorio's therapy sessions in search of the killer--could it be the powerful government figure? the jealous woman? the musician who's lost his reason to live?--Eva Maria must confront her most painful memories, and some of the darkest moments in Argentinian history. In breathless prose that captures the desperate spinning of a frantic mind, Hélène Grémillon blurs the lines of past and present, personal and political, reality and paranoia in this daring and compulsively readable novel
Hygiene and the assassin by Amélie Nothomb( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of a reclusive and dying Nobel laureate novelist who grants access to five journalists for interviews. What they find is far from the literary luminary they imagined
The most beautiful book in the world : eight novellas by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of Europe's most popular and best-loved authors, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt captivates the reader with his spirited, buoyant style and enchanting stories that move effortlessly from the everyday to the fantastical. The eight stories in this collection, his first to be published in English, represent some of his best writing and most imaginative storylines: from the love story between Balthazar, wealthy and successful author, and Odette, cashier at a supermarket, to the tale of a barefooted princess; from the moving story of a group of female prisoners in a Soviet gulag to the entertaining portrait of a perennially disgruntled perfectionist. Here are eight contemporary fables, populated by a cast of extravagant and affecting characters, about people in search of happiness. Behind each story lies a simple, if elusive, truth: happiness is often right in front of our eyes, though we may frequently be blind to it
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The elegance of the hedgehog
Even silence has an end : my six years of captivity in the Colombian jungleThe elegance of the hedgehogGourmet rhapsodyA novel bookstoreHunting and gatheringHidden latitudes : a novelOnitshaFrench leave
Alternative Names
Anderson, Alison G. 1965-

English (150)

French (2)

Spanish (1)

Czech (1)