Susie Kelly

“There are a handful of authors who achieve that elusive trick of making you laugh out loud. For me it’s James Herriot, Bill Bryson and Susie Kelly.” French Entrée Magazine

“A book to inspire  Good Housekeeping Magazine

Born a Londoner, Susie Kelly spent most of the first 25 years of her life in Kenya. She now lives in south-west France with her husband and assorted animals. She believes that her explosive temper is a legacy from her Irish-American grandfather, but has no idea who to blame for her incompetence as a housewife. Still, she’s very kind to animals, small children and elderly people. Susie particularly enjoys exploring the road less travelled, discovering the lives and events of lesser-known places.


Prior to publishing with Blackbird, Susie was with Transworld who sold over 50,000 of her titles in the UK.  Some of those are rights-reverted and are now available to readers worldwide for the first time. 25% of Susie’s royalties from The Valley of Heaven and Hell are shared equally between Cancer Research and Tower Hill Stables Sanctuary in Essex.


Susie Kelly is the patron of the Charroux Literary Festival.  

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Safari Ants, Baggy Pants and Elephants

La Vie En Rose: Notes From Rural France

 I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry 

 Best Foot Forward – A 500 Mile Walk Through Hidden France

Travels With Tinkerbelle – 6,000 Miles Around France 

The Valley Of Heaven And Hell – Cycling In The Shadow Of Marie-Antoinette

Swallows & Robins – The Laughs & Tears Of A Holiday Home Owner 

The Susie Kelly Boxed Set - 4 of the above full-length Susie Kelly titles

The Lazy Cook 1: Quick & Easy Meatless Meals

The Lazy Cook 2: Quick & Easy Sweet Treats 


Coming in winter 2018/19: 


Falling in Love Again: How Not to Move to France


A rewritten & enhanced version of Susie Kelly’s Two Steps Backwards. World digital, audio and print rights have been acquired from Random House to Susie Kelly’s debut title. Revised and updated with photographs for worldwide release.



Susie and her husband Terry had long dreamed of owning a home in France, but ironically it wasn't until they were facing homeless penury in England that they realized their dream. With five dogs, two parrots and their elderly horses, they moved to an old farmhouse in the Poitou Charentes region with dirt floors, no water and a primitive electricity supply. 



Vive la Difference: More Notes From Rural France


 A further selection from some of the best bits of Susie's blog diaries reveal the minutiae of expat day to day life in rural France. A must-read for Susie Kelly fans and anybody thinking of, or dreaming of, moving to France.