Akli Tadjer was born in Paris to parents of Algerian descent. He has written seven novels. His first book Les A.N.I. du Tassili won the Georges Brassens Prize. It was followed by Courage et Patience (Courage and Patience) which won the Afrique Méditerranéenne Award, Alphonse and the Porteur de Cartable (The Satchel Carrier) which was adapted for television. For Bel-Avenir, he was awarded the Populiste Prize.
Il était une fois…peut-être pas (Once upon a Time… Maybe Not) won the AuFeminin.com Prize, and the Var Prize and is to be adapted by France Television this year. His latest novel Western was published in October 2009.