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There’s just so much to love about France – magnificent Paris, French wine and food, French style and fashion, all those wonderful Impressionist painters, and the glorious French countryside. But there’s also its beautiful language and the works of its superb writers.
I’ve always been fascinated by the personalities of great French writers – so many of them are larger-than-life. They lived life to the full – sometimes to excess – with mistresses and lovers, the accumulation of enormous debts, lashings of French style, homes they couldn’t afford, and banquets and cookbooks as accompaniments. This talk will introduce you to some of those intriguing characters, from George Sand to Marcel Proust. It will take you into their memorable residences – chateaux and manor houses, apartments, a seaside villa, and a windmill – but it will also take you to places connected with their fictional creations, such as a prison and a medical museum. You will discover how these writers have been commemorated in France, with statues, museums, street names and plaques.
See France through the eyes of its great authors and their works. I give you my Top Ten Literary Locations in France.