Ella Frances Sanders

Agent: Holly Faulks


Ella Frances Sanders is an internationally-bestselling author and illustrator of three books. She lives near a windswept coastline in Ireland.

Her first book, LOST IN TRANSLATION: AN ILLUSTRATED COMPENDIUM OF UNTRANSLATABLE WORDS, was published in 2015 by Square 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, Conde Nast Traveller and Buzzfeed. In 2018, 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.

THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF SAYINGS: CURIOUS EXPRESSIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD was published in 2016 by Square Press and has also been printed in over eight languages. It was featured by websites such as The Telegraph, CityLab and The Times of India.

Her third book, A SMALL ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE, was published by Bonnier in 2019. It was the recipient of the 2019 Whirling Prize for prose, and has been translated into languages including German, Japanese, Spanish, and Italian.