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Lisa Appignanesi's Biography

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May 2008

Born in Poland, brought up in France and Canada, Lisa Appignanesi is a London-based novelist, writer and broadcaster. A former university lecturer and Deputy Director of London's Institute of Contemporary Arts, she is also the former President of English PEN, the founding centre of the world association of writers.
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She is also chair of the Freud Museum London; and Visiting Professor in Literature and the Medical Humanities at King’s College London.

Her latest book is All About Love: Anatomy of a Ruling Emotion. Her novels include the prize-winning The Memory Man , the psychological thrillers Paris Requiem, Sanctuary, the bestselling, The Dead of Winter, amongst others.

Her non-fiction ranges from the critically acclaimed family memoir, Losing the Dead to the classic study, Freud's Women (with John Forrester) and Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800. Her books have been translated into many languages.

She has edited a collection of writings, Free Expression is no Offence (Penguin Nov. 2005), which arose from the English PEN campaign against the government's religious hatred legislation, which she led.

She is also General Editor of the Big Idea series for Profile Books,UK/Picador US, which includes titles by Slavoj Zizek, Susie Orbach. Steven Lukes and Eva Hoffman, and is Chair of the Freud Museum London

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