chanel-the-vocabulary-of-styleAs a freelance translator and editor, I have worked on a variety of projects over the years ranging from editing detailed academic texts to writing and subbing newspaper copy, and translating specialist books on archaeology to ghost writing a voluminous work on owls. The majority of my clients have been book publishers, including Thames & Hudson, HarperCollins, Collins Harvill, Cambridge University Press, Heinemann, Pan, Simon & Schuster, St James Press, St Martin’s Press and Periplus Publishing, but I have also worked for a number of other organisations including the Times Newspaper, Frame Store Films, Listings Limited and the Institute of Paper Conservation.

To date, I have translated some sixty books from French on subjects ranging from the fine arts to photography, fashion and textiles, and from ancient history to biography and travel. More recently I have also been working closely with a number of Dutch translation agencies, editing English translations of legal and commercial documents, while continuing to prepare a second collection of my own poetry for publication.

Thames & Hudson

Hokusai: A Life in Drawing

FLORA: The Art of Jewelry.

Zanskar: A Himalayan Kingdom

Ballets Suédois

Camera Work: Stieglitz, Steichen & their Contemporaries

Marc Riboud

The Origins of British Photography

The Search for Ancient Egypt


Angkor: The Serenity of Buddhism

Angkor: Heart of an Asian Empire

Mummies: A Journey through Eternity

The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries

Marc Riboud in China

Going into Darkness: Fantastic Coffins from Africa

Gandhi: Father of a Nation

The Animated Alphabet

Francis Bacon: “Taking Reality by Surprise”

King Arthur: Chivalry and Legend

Kittens of the Greek Islands

Whales: Giants of the Seas and Oceans

The Orient in a Mirror

J.M.W. Turner: The Man Who Set Painting on Fire

Balenciaga Paris

Christian Lacroix On Fashion

The Pyramids of Giza: Facts, Legends and Mysteries

Tibet: An Inner Journey

Josef Koudelka

Bill Brandt

Bedouin and Nomads: Peoples of the Arabian Desert

Walker Evans

Frida Kahlo: “I Paint my Reality”

Textiles: A World Tour

Bhutan: The Land of Serenity

In Whose Name?: The Islamic World After 9/11

Jean Després: Jeweler, Maker and Designer of the Machine Age

Home (Yann Arthus-Bertrand)

VU: The Story of a Magazine that Made an Era

Paris Vogue Covers 1920-2009

Paris between the Wars: Art, Style and Glamour in the Crazy Years

Claude Montana

Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style

Erik Desmazières: A Cabinet of Rarities: Antiquarian Obsessions and the Spell of Death

The Wallpaper Book

The Bitter Years: The Farm Security Administration Photographs through the Eyes of Edward Steichen

Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast

Indigo: The Colour that Changed the World

Daido Moriyama

Brassaï: Paris Nocturne

Cashmere: A French Passion 1800-1880

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Here and Now

Maison Goossens: Haute Couture Jewelry

The Lost Tribes of Tierra del Fuego: Selk’nam, Yamana, Kawésqar

New Swiss Architecture

Other publishers

Lech Walesa: A Path of Hope (Collins Harvill, contributor)

International Dictionary of Architects (St James Press, contributor)

International Dictionary of Films & Filmmakers (St James Press, contributor)

Encyclopaedia of Marine Archaeology (Periplus Publishing, contributor)

Sunken Egypt: Alexandria (Periplus Publishing)

Kings of Pain: Masters and Convicts of the Road (Thames & Hudson for Rapha Performance Roadwear)