French by birth, yet educated in the United States, Alexandra Lapierre is a graduate of the Sorbonne and the University of Southern California. Novelist and biographer, she is the author of many bestsellers translated worldwide. She was elected "Donna per la Cultura," by the City of Rome, Italy, and awarded the prestigious "Grand Prix des Lectrices de ELLE" for her biography on the American pioneer Fanny Stevenson, wife of the writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Her book on the first Italian woman painter from the Renaissance, Artemisia Gentileschi, was voted "Book of the Week" by the British BBC and "Best Book on the Seventeenth Century" by the Sorbonne University. It was published by Grove Atlantic in the United States and by Chatto and Windus in Great Britain.
Between Love and Honour, published in the US by Amazon Crossing, on the true adventures of a Tchetchen prince in the XIXth century Russia, has been awarded the "Prix des Romancières" in 2009. L'Excessive ("The Extravagant Miss C.") , the true story of an extravagant British bigamous duchess, was a runaway bestseller in France in 2010.
Alexandra Lapierre has been nominated Chevalier in the "Order of Arts and Letters" by the French government.
Je te vois reine des quatre parties du monde, published by Flammarion in 2013, "I'll Make you Queen of the World" portrays a woman in the midst of the most violent and chauvinistic milieu of the Spanish history that of the Conquistadors. It wan many awards among which "The Best Historial Fiction of the Year, for 2013".
Her Most recent book, Moura, Burnt Memories (Moura la mémoire incendiée, published by Flammarion mid-Marsh 2016), is the story of a Russian aristocrat in the upheaval of the Bolchevist revolution : a woman with a thousand of lives and a thousand of faces. Called Maria Zakrevskaïa, then Madame Benckendorff, then Baroness Budberg, Moura was a British agent’s lover, Maxim Gorki’s muse, H. G. Wells’ partner, and admired by London’s intelligentsia. She socialized with the Twentieth Century’s finest: the Tsar, Staline, Churchill and de Gaulle. Adored by those she loved, despised by those who found her elusive, Moura did indeed exist.
On her footsteps, Alexandra Lapierre has made researches in libraries around the world for three years. She has slipped into her character’s contradictions to paint a great portrait of a lady. Her talent as a novelist and her eye, both lucid and kind, brings life to many captivating figures, whom shed light on some unknown moments of our recent history.
Alexandra Lapierre is based in Paris, but lives around the world, where her books take her.