Irène was born in 1954 in Tunis, where she spent her childhood. After getting her university degree in Modern Literature, she became a librarian. Today, she lives in Essonne, France, where she is the Collections Manager at a public library. Irène has written many novels and picture books including Mister Doctor (2015), which has been translated into Korean, French, Spanish, German, and English from the original Italian. Her latest book with Annick Press is The Golem of Prague (Spring 2017), the retelling of an ancient Jewish folktale.