Grazyna Plebanek is a writer and journalist. She is the author of the highly acclaimed and bestselling novels "Box of Stilettos", (2002), "Girls from Portofino", (2005) and "A Girl Called Przystupa", (2007).

Plebanek's "Illegal Liaisons" novel (2010) sold 27,000 copies in Poland and was her first novel translated into English. "Illegal Liaisons" was published in Britain by Strok Press and voted Best Book of 2012 byThese Little Words. It was published in the United States in 2013 by New Europe Books, distributed by Random House. (Publishers Weekly review)

Plebanek is also the author of short stories published in anthologies and she is a columnist of the prestigious Polityka" weekly. 

In 2011 Plebanek was awarded the Literary Prize Zlote Sowy for her contribution to promoting Poland abroad.

A graduate of Polish Studies at Warsaw University, she was a journalist with Reuters and the "Gazeta Wyborcza" daily. She has lived for five years in Stockholm and since 2005 she is based in Brussels.

Plebanek is among a group of international artists whose portraits will be exhibited in Brussels Gare de l'Ouest for the next 10 years. 

photo by Stephan Vanfleteren