Born of an Italian father and a French mother, Marie developed early on a real passion for languages. She graduated as a translator and interpreter in 1981 and went on to work as an interpreter and then as a freelance translator, first in France, then in Britain where she now runs her own translation company.
I was born in the village of Newton, Cambridgeshire and apart from two short spells in London have always lived in or near Cambridge. As a child I attended the tiny village school (only 18 pupils) until passing the 11 plus and then attending the County High School in Long Road. While in the village I developed a close link with the church - bell-ringing, playing the organ and teaching in Sunday School, becoming a member of the PCC at the age of 18.