alison holland language services
About Me


I have near-native competence in French, having lived and worked in France for 10 years.

I have worked as a freelance translator and interpreter throughout my career.

I am an experienced teacher of French
(Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, PGCE, GTC Registered, CRB Enhanced Disclosure).

I have wide experience of designing and delivering CPD short courses.

I was Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Northumbria University before moving into senior strategic management.

I am an active and enthusiastic researcher with an international reputation.

My research which focuses on Simone de Beauvoir's fiction, offers new readings of her novels and short stories and has made an important contribution to the re-evaluation of her writing practice.

I publish regularly on Simone de Beauvoir and participate in national and international conferences.







Core Values

AHLS provides easily accessible, flexible services.

Services are reliable, efficient and cost effective.

Work is completed to the highest standards.

AHLS works closely with clients to ensure their requirements are clearly identified then met to their deadlines.

Excellent communication and effective project management are the basis of the company's success.

AHLS is an ethical, socially responsible company.

AHLS always aims to exceed clients' expectations.


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Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Society for French Studies

Simone de Beauvoir Society (Associate Editor Simone de Beauvoir Studies)

Women in French

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Selected Publications

Excess and Transgression in Simone de Beauvoir's Fiction: The Discourse of Madness, Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate 2009
publication by alison holland

'La Voix chancelante dans le monologue intérieur de Anne dans Les Mandarins de Simone de Beauvoir' in (Re) découvrir l'œuvre de Simone de Beauvoir – Du 'Deuxième Sexe' à 'La Cérémonie des adieux' sous la direction de Julia Kristeva, Pascale Fautrier, Anne Strasser et Pierre-Louis Fort (Paris: Editions Le Bord de L'eau, September 2008), pp. 365-369
Simone de Beauvoir's Fiction: Women and Language. Co-editor with Louise Renée. Collected essays on Simone de Beauvoir's fiction, with contributions from Beauvoir scholars in the UK, Europe and North America. (New York: Peter Lang, 2005)
'Intimacy and Revenge: Language and Power in L'Invitée' in Simone de Beauvoir's Fiction: Women and Language Eds. Alison Holland and Louise Renée
'Identity in Crisis: The Gothic Textual Space in L'Invitée', Modern Language Review, 98 (April 2003), 327-34
Simone de Beauvoir: A Beginner's Guide
(London: Hodder and Stoughton, December 2002)


'Simone de Beauvoir and the Women's Movement'

Contact Alison Holland      
Email: info@alisonhollandlanguageservices       Tel: 07711 803453