Françoise Sagan’s Bonjour Tristesse scandalized 1950s France with its portrayal of teenager Cécile, a heroine who rejects conventional notions of love, marriage and responsibility to choose her own sexual freedom.
The French Riviera: home to the Beautiful People. And none are more beautiful than Cécile, a precocious seventeen-year-old, and her father Raymond, a vivacious libertine. Charming, decadent and irresponsible, the golden-skinned duo are dedicated to a life of free love, fast cars and hedonistic pleasures.
But then, one long, hot summer Raymond decides to marry, and Cécile and her lover Cyril feel compelled to take a hand in his amours, with tragic consequences.
‘Funny, thoroughly immoral and thoroughly French tale’ The Times
Pernod and Gitanes
One afternoon last summer I splashed along Piccadilly with the rain spray-painting the back of my tights, thinking how much nicer Paris in the sunshine would be. And then, from nowhere, a neglected...Read more