I studied French and German at McGill University in Montreal, graduating with first class joint honours and winning the Swiss Ambassador’s Prize for German. Thanks to a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service), I also spent a semester studying Weimar literature and contemporary philosophy at the University of Regensburg.
After university I went into the insurance and investment business, working first as a salesman, then as a financial journalist and book editor. I endured for fifteen years, which is about the same amount of time I would have spent in prison for second degree murder, served without the satisfaction of having killed someone.
In late 2010 I decided to chuck up everything and return to the two subjects that have always appealed to me, namely language and literature. I now earn my living as a translator, working from French and German into English. This occupation is well suited to my temperament, and I enjoy the autonomy and variety.