Lisa Appignanesi is a writer, critic, translator and broadcaster. Having grown up in Paris and Montréal, she has lived in London for many years. Her books include a biographical portrait of Simone De Beauvoir; an acclaimed family memoir, Losing the Dead; a cultural history of cabaret; a study of Freud and women, and numerous novels. In recognition of her contribution to literature, she was made a Chevalier of the Ordres des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. She is the deputy president of the English branch of the international writers’ organisation, PEN. Most recently, she has edited a volume of essays on censorship, titled Free Expression Is No Offence.