Sophie Suzanne Gaudier-Brzeska (born Zofia Brzeska in 1872 in Austria-Hungary) could have had many claims to fame. She wrote voluminously in French, English and her native Polish, but was unpublished during her lifetime. She went as far as showing some of her stories to Ezra Pound but nothing came of it. However, when excerpts of her writing did finally appear in the 1930s, W.B. Yeats wondered if ‘she was a great novelist after all’. It was not until eighty years after her death in a mental asylum in Gloucester that her first full publication appeared in the UK; this book, called Matka (Mother), inspired me to find out more about this highly eccentric woman, who in the course of her life crossed languages, cultures, continents and social conventions, assuming different roles and identities. This selection of images from ‘Sophie in Her Own Words’ series recounts her troubled life.