Linda Coverdale is an award-winning translator. She has translated many classic works of modern French literature into English. Some of the authors she has translated include Roland Barthes, Emmanuel Carrère, Patrick Chamoiseau, Maryse Condé, Marie Darrieussecq, Annie Ernaux, Hervé Guibert, Sébastien Japrisot, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Philippe Labro, Yann Queffélec, Jorge Semprún, and Patrick Volodine. In 2001, the French government awarded her the title of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres). In 2006 she won the Scott Moncrieff Prize for her translation of A Time for Machetes.