Leona Francombe

Agent: Anne Williams

Leona Francombe is a pianist and author who was born in England of Czech and English parents, and grew up in the USA. She has degrees from Bryn Mawr College and Yale School of Music. She has lived in Belgium since 1987, when she was invited by the European Cultural Foundation to launch and perform with an East/West chamber music ensemble. She has published numerous essays and short stories in Europe and America, and recorded a series of European vignettes for Wisconsin Public Radio.

Her first novel, DANCING WITH SWANS, is the story of a little woman with a big soul. When housekeeper Ernestine Van Meer finds her American employer Harry Moses slumped over his cello, Schubert’s last quartet fluttering on his music-stand, her small universe is plunged into turmoil. A butcher’s daughter, Ernestine has inherited her father’s passion for Homer and that, together with her clear-eyed perspicacity, assists her in navigating snobbish Brussels society, and those lofty individuals who think nothing of defrauding a mere cleaning lady. What’s more, Ernestine has found a quest that will change her life: to restore to health and happiness the renowned cellist, Sebastien Balthasar, whose reclusive withdrawal from the international stage has puzzled music lovers for almost two decades. German rights have sold to Goldmann, an imprint of Random House Germany, who published in hardback in May 2014 as MADAME ERNESTINE UNE DIE ENTDECKUNG DER LIEBE. They published in paperback in October 2015.

Leona Francombe lives in Brussels with her husband and two children.

For more information about Leona see her website www.leonafrancombe.com

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