Huguette was born in Algeria, but her family subsequently fled to Morocco to escape persecution by the fascist Vichy regime. She was a teacher in Morocco, Paris and Manchester. Subsequently she was a bilingual secretary at a pharmaceutical company and then PA to a Professor at Manchester University. 

She is devoted to French popular songs and gives occasional concerts in Cambridge. Her memoir of the vanished world of Jewish North Africa, Couscous with Tata Hannah, is available as an e-book on Amazon under her maiden name of Huguette Zerbib.

Selected Works

Couscous with Tata Hannah (2016)


I was born in Algeria, from Jewish French parents, at the time of French colonial rule. These are stories of the vanished world of Jewish North Africa.
These writings concerns my birth just before WW2 and the flight from persecution by the collaborationist Vichy regime.
My school years as a boarder in the nearest town were rich in discoveries, joys and dramas. Also included are characters and episodes from my mother's and father's backgrounds: my maternal grandfather, back from the Dardanelles, shell shocked and unable to cope with life. You will ge acquainted with Mordecai, honest and hardworking, and yet responsible for his own son tragic fate.
The compilation of episodes and stories form a tapestry rich in colours, sounds and smells, conveying an atmosphere and climate of a time and place where Christians, Jews and Arabs lived and worked side by side under the one universally acknowledged benefactor: the sun, shining equally on rich and poor over their beautiful land.

Available as an e-book.

A Promising Pupil (2016)

Awarded First Prize at the Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2016.