Dorothea Shefer Vanson  |   Writer, Editor, Translator




For most of my working life I have been a translator and editor. In addition, I have written for most of my life, and have now decided that itís time my novels saw the light of day. My book reviews and articles about life in Israel appear in journals in England and the US, and to date I have published four novels: The Balancing Game; A Child Between Two Worlds, A Society Approaching War,í published in 2013; Time Out of Joint - The Fate of a Family, published in 2014; Levi Koenig, A Contemporary King Lear, published in 2015; and Chasing Dreams and Flies, A Tragicomedy of Life in France, published in 2016.


In search of the good life, Sophie and John decide to spend their retirement in France. They eventually find the house of their dreams, but achieving their goal is impeded by a hostile neighbor and their own ignorance of the French language and culture. Various characters, both expats and locals, aid and abet them in their efforts. Julie Smithers, a young woman who has come to France to escape an unhappy romance and is trying to write a book, embarks on an affair with the handyman who comes to repair a leaking faucet in her house. The denouement comes when the hostile neighbor enters John and Sophie's house.


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Levi Koenig, A Contemporary King Lear explores the relations between three sisters, their attitude to their ailing father, and the way in which each one strives to juggle home, family, work, and love-life while tending to her fatherís needs. Their relations come under additional strain when it transpires that their father has been sending money to an unknown woman


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Inspired by family documents and correspondence brought out of Germany by the authorís father, Time Out Of Joint - The Fate Of A Family describes the events unfolding in Europe between 1924 and 1942 and their effect on the members of the van Dornbach family.




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Dorothea Shefer-Vanson's first book, The Balancing Game describes the strange and unique world occupied by a Jewish child, the daughter of refugees from Hitlerís Germany, growing up in post-war London and living in a run-down neighborhood.




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