About, briefly.

Ella Frances Sanders is a writer and illustrator, who happily cannot choose between words and pictures. She currently lives and works in the city of London, without a cat.

Her first book, 'Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words' was published in September 2014 by Ten Speed Press and became an international bestseller. It sat on the New York Times bestseller list for 4 consecutive months, was an Amazon Best Book of 2014, and has had multiple printings in multiple countries, including Japan where over 100,000 copies have been sold. It was featured in places such as The New York Times Book Review, The New York Post, Entertainment Weekly, The Huffington Post, Brainpickings, Design*Sponge, Conde Nast Traveler, and Buzzfeed. This year, Lost in Translation was announced as the No.1 book for the biggest bookseller in Japan, Kinokuniya, which is only the second time a non-fiction title has ever been chosen for the award in the bookseller’s history.

Her second book 'The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions from Around the World' was published in September 2016 by Ten Speed Press and has also been printed in multiple countries. The Illustrated Book of Sayings made the San Francisco Chronicle, Fathom, and LA Times gift guides. It was Mental Floss’ 10 Must Read Books For Fall and featured by websites like It’s Nice ThatThe Telegraph, CityLab, and The Times of India.

She's currently working on her third book, which will be published by Penguin in 2019, and is about the universe.

More information including reviews, press, and foreign editions can be found by following the link called 'books', obviously.


If you're interested in working with me on a project, wondering about commissions, or would just like to be in touch, send an email or fill out this form here. You could also drop a line to my literary agent, Jennifer Weltz, who works at JVLNA in the magical window city of New York. She just loves getting emails about me, especially about permissions and intellectual property rights.

 Ilustrated portrait by  Pietro Puccio , at the 2016 Più libri più libri   literary festival in Rome.