Fabienne-Claire Nothomb (French: a.me.li nɔ.tɔ̃b), better known by her pen name Amélie Nothomb, is a Belgian Francophone novelist. Part of her childhood was spent in Asia.
A prolific author, since the publication of her first novel Hygiene and the Assassin in 1992, at the age of twenty six, she publishes a book a year. Her novels are among the top literary sales and have been translated into several languages, which earned her the title of Commander of the Order of the Crown and the title of Baroness bestowed upon her by King Philippe of Belgium. Her novel Fear and Trembling won the Grand Prize of the novel from the French Academy in 1999, and in 2015, she was elected member of the Royal Academy of French Language and Literature in Belgium.