David Sugarman was born in Hull, Yorkshire. Soon after graduating in French and Drama, he settled in Paris and became an instructor and facilitator, training adults to speak English. The approach borrowed heavily from techniques used by actors in rehearsal and performance. In the mid-1980s, he began translating, almost entirely in the corporate communications sector, and also worked as a facilitator of qualitative focus groups for market research. In the early 1990s he spent two years as a project manager for a publisher of corporate magazines, and at this time he began writing for several titles in the publisher’s stable.
In 1996, he left the Paris region and moved to a rural part of Upper Normandy, where he refocused on translation for the corporate communications sector. In 2010, though, he returned to writing for company magazines, and now divides his time roughly half and half between translating and writing.
While living in Paris, David and his wife, Joanna, ran two companies in the training and translation sectors, Stagecraft and Agglomération. When they arrived in Normandy, they set up a new business, Nouvel Angle.
When he’s not working, David devotes time to his activities as a local councillor and follows cricket as closely as his wife will let him. David and Joanna have a daughter, who lives in Berlin, a long way from the cricket.