Author(s): Anne Berest
Before Françoise Sagan the literary icon there was Françoise Quoirez, an eighteen-year-old Parisian girl, who wrote a novel.
This intimate narrative charts the months in 1954 leading up to the publication of the legendary Bonjour Tristesse. We encounter Françoise, her family and friends close-up, in a post-war world that is changing radically; and Mlle Quoirez, in her new guise of Françoise Sagan, will be at the heart of that social change.
Anne Berest was writing her third novel when Sagan's son, Denis Westhoff, asked her to write a book to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of Bonjour Tristesse.
Anne Berest: Anne Berest is a Parisian author and journalist. She also writes for television, cinema and theatre. She was midway through writing her third novel when Francoise Sagan's son, Denis Westhoff, asked her to write a book to mark the 60th anniversary of the publication of Bonjour Tristesse.Heather Lloyd: Heather Lloyd divides her time between Scotland and south-west France. She was previously Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Glasgow. She has recently re-translated and written notes for the new Penguin edition of Bonjour Tristesse.