Isabel Quigly was a writer, film critic and translator of over 100 books.
Born in Spain, she was educated at Godolphin School, Salisbury and then Newnham College, Cambridge. In Quigly’s early career, she worked for Penguin Books and Red Cross Geneva and from 1956-66 she was film critic of The Spectator. She served as literary editor of The Tablet from 1985 to 1997. She also contributed to numerous journals and newspapers, and served on the jury of various literary prizes. Her first book, and only novel, the highly-regarded The Eye of Heaven, was published in 1953. Subsequent books include The Heirs of Tom Brown: The English School Story and Charlie Chaplin: Early Comedies. She has also translated more than 100 books from Italian, Spanish and French. Her most notable translations are Silvano Ceccherini’s The Transfer, for which, in 1967, she won the John Florio Prize, and Giorgio Bassani’s The Garden of the Finzi-Continis.