The Asterix Project

Anthea Bell OBE (10 May 1936 - 18 October 2018) was together with Derek Hockridge, one of the translators who created a widely admired English version of Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo's Asterix series.


Bell was born in Suffolk, England. Her father, Adrian Bell, created the first cryptic crossword for the British newspaper, The Times, a newspaper for which her son, Oliver Kamm, later became a columnist. Anthea Bell's brother, Martin Bell, is a former BBC news reporter who was later elected to Britain's parliament. He ran as an independent candidate on an anti-corruption platform.


Anthea Bell translated many books from French, Danish, German and Polish into English. Her translations included a new translation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales from the original Danish language text and the final book in the Inkhear series. Bell specialized in translating children's books but she also translated adult novels and works on art history and musicology.

However, Bell is probably best known as a co-translator of the adventures of Asterix, helping to make them a great success in the United Kingdom and some other English-speaking countries.

Other works by Rene Goscinny translated by Bell include his comic strip Iznogoud and his short stories about a little boy Le petit Nicholas. Bell also translated the Wild West comic strip adventures of Lieutenant Blueberry out of French.

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