Natasha Lehrer is a writer, translator and editor. Her long form journalism and book reviews have appeared in the Guardian, the Observer, the Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, Haaretz, and Fantastic Man, among others. She has contributed to several books, including a chapter on France in Looking for an Enemy: 8 Essays on Antisemitism, edited by Jo Glanville (Short Books).
She has been translating from the French since 2015. Her full-length translations include Suite for Barbara Loden, by Nathalie Léger (Les Fugitives / Dorothy) Memories of Low Tide, by Chantal Thomas (Pushkin Press), Chinese Spies, by Roger Faligot (Hurst), A Call for Revolution, by the Dalai Lama (Rider), Journey to the Land of the Real, by Victor Segalen, Robert Desnos’ The Punishments of Hell, and Georges Bataille’s The Sacred Conspiracy (all three published by Atlas Press).
The White Dress, by Nathalie Léger (Les Fugitives/Dorothy), The Most Beautiful Job in the World: Lifting the Veil on the Fashion Industry, by Giulia Mensitieri (Bloomsbury), Villa of Delirium, by Adrien Goetz (New Vessel Press), The Sailor from Casablanca, by Charline Malaval (Hodder and Stoughton), The Last Days of Ellis Island, by Gaëlle Josse (World Editions), and I Hate Men, by Pauline Harmange (4th Estate) were all published during the plague year 2020. Consent, by Vanessa Springora (HarperVia) was published in February 2021. Her short translations have appeared in the Times, Granta, Harpers, 3am magazine, and Paris Review.
Press about her translations has appeared in the Guardian, the Observer, the Financial Times, the Economist, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, the Times, the Sunday Times, the Wall Street Journal, The White Review, LA Review of Books, Bookforum and Sydney Review of Books, among others.
She won a Rockower award for journalism in 2016. In 2017 she was a jury member for the JQ–Wingate Literary Prize. Her translations have been shortlisted and longlisted for several prizes, including the Albertine Prize, the French American Foundation Translation Prize and the Wingate Prize. In 2016 her co-translation (with Cécile Menon) of Suite for Barbara Loden won the Scott Moncrieff translation prize. The White Dress received a 2020 French Voices award and is longlisted for the Believer Magazine 2021 fiction prize. Memories of Low Tide was shortlisted for the 2020 Scott Moncrieff translation prize. The Last Days of Ellis Island is shortlisted for the 2021 French American Foundation Translation Prize.
Natasha is a committee member of the Translators Association of the Society of Authors, who she represents on a project with the brilliant Shadow Heroes, developing a literary translation mentorship programme for schools.