Born in Le Havre in 1954, Marie-Aude Murail was born and bred into literature, the daughter of a well-known poet and of an accomplished journalist. After graduating in Modern Literature at Sorbonne with a dissertation on classic novel's adaptation for children, she started her career at Éditions Mondiales writing over one hundred stories for women's magazines between 1980 and 1987. After her debut in the mid 80s with two novels for adults (Passage, 1985; Voici Lou, 1986) she decided to devote herself to children's literature, producing three very successful series devoted to Emilien Pardini, Nil Hazard and Espionne. Within her vast bibliography, Golem, written with her brothers, is worth mentioning, where domestic elves and vampires raid the place, and those for young adults with their distinctive initiations to social and political problems, in a sort of dramatic life pedagogy which never ends up in tragedy, thanks to a touch of irony. Worth mentioning are Oh, Boy!, published in Italy in 2008, and Mio fratello Simple. In 2004, the author received the title Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur for her commitment and her devotion to children.
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