Colette’s France

her lives, her loves

Wednesday 16thOctober 2013, 7pm - 9 pm
Dr Jane Gilmour in conversation with Elaine Lewis

Colette’s France, to be published in October by Hardie Grant, is both a memoir and the extraordinary life story of Colette, who was as famous for her novels as she was for her often controversial life.

Colette’s France presents Colette’s life through the many different places she lived: from her childhood in a small village in Burgundy, to her first marriage and the early beginnings of her literary career in Paris of the Belle Époque, to her holiday houses in Brittany and Saint-Tropez. The multiple lives and loves of this indomitable woman are revealed – prodigious writer and journalist, risqué performer, lover and seducer, mother and loyal friend, and finally revered grand old lady of letters. Through the places of her heart, we come to know her.

Jane Gilmour lived in Paris from 1968-72, where she completed her doctoral thesis on Colette. She retained her interest in France and Colette and when she retired from full-time employment embarked on writing this book. Elaine Lewis founded the Australian Bookshop in Paris in 1996 and is co-editor of the ISFAR journal Explorations.


Cover charge payable on the night (includes cheese and wine) – cash only please: $15

Bookings essential: themelbournesalon@gmail.com (numbers limited).


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