Elena Lappin

Elena Lappin

Article, Author of books, Journalist, Non-fiction, Novelist, Scriptwriter, Translator

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Biography, Comedy, Drama, Fiction, History, Journalism, Memoir, Mystery, Narrative, Narrative non-fiction, Realistic fiction, Satire, Short story, Stage/Screen

Book types

Fiction for adults, Non-fiction for adults

Books by Elena Lappin

I write both fiction (stories, novels) and non-fiction (memoir, investigative journalism). My most recent book is my memoir WHAT LANGUAGE DO I DREAM IN? (Virago), in which I explore the relationship between my multicultural family history and my own identity. The themes of identity, family history and life in exile are also present in my fiction. In Foreign Brides (stories), I write about women who are married to men in countries that are not their own. In The Nose (a novel), a young American expat editor in London becomes entangled in her mother's Central European history, with tragic-comic consequences.

Foreign Brides

'Sharp. wry stories about life in exile form a memorable portrait of cultural alienation' - The New Yorker 

The Nose

'Irreverent and hilarious... A fearlessly crafted mystery and a compelling novel' - Times Literary Supplement 

What Language Do I Dream In? (My Family's Secret History)

A moving memoir on the importance of language to who we are. 'Captivating.. Sparkling with vitality, humour and genuine charm' - Diana Athill