Anne Sauvy began climbing at the age of 17 and has made 170 alpine ascents. She is a renowned mountain writer, and among her nine books the short story collections Flammes de Pierre, The Game of Mountain and Chance and Darkness and the Azure won a number of international literary awards. Her other books include the novel Nadir about mountain rescue and Chamonix d'un sicle
l'autre. She lectured on the history of publishing and censorship at the Sorbonne. Sauvy is married to the English mountaineer John Wilkinson and splits her time between Chamonix and Paris.