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.


Susie has a rapidly growing fan base. All 5 of her popular travel books have dominated Amazon’s UK paid French Travel Bestsellers, achieving the straight flush #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5. Her remarkable memoir I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry reached #35 in the US Top 100; in 2016 her story of running holiday gites in France Swallows & Robins: The Laughs & Tears Of A Holiday Home Owner  reached #9 in the Australian Amazon Top 100 and was a non-fiction finalist in The People's Book Prize.  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.  

Chat with Susie on Twitter @SusieEnFrance

Follow Susie’s Facebook Fan page





NEW!  Safari Ants, Baggy Pants and Elephants

Over the summer of 2015 Susie Kelly returned to Kenya as a Writer In Residence on a safari trip. She revisited many new places as well as scenes from her bestselling memoir of growing up in Kenya. 


NEW! La Vie En Rose: Notes From Rural France

A pick 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.


 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 In A Mechanical Wreck

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

Bon Voyage! A Susie Kelly Sampler 

The Lazy Cook 1: Quick & Easy Meatless Meals

The Lazy Cook 2: Quick & Easy Sweet Treats 


Coming in 2018: 


The ebook of Susie's first book

Two Steps Backward – The Misadventures of An Englishwoman Abroad (Transworld/Bantam 2004 presently Paperback UK Only)


La Vie En Rose Part II