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A Friendly Review

Last night on Write Now I had the pleasure of having a dear friend as my guest – but not to talk about her writing! We talked about a new book I’d been sent: The Mistress of Paris  by Catherine Hewitt.

I knew I wouldn’t have time to read it, so I asked this friend – a confirmed Francophile – if she’d like to read it and then come on the programme and do a review via discussion with me. I had dipped into the book and read some of it, and like Elizabeth, I was impressed.

We had such a great time talking about the book and the remarkable central character – Valtesse de la Bigne – a celebrated Parisian courtesan. What a life  – from poverty to a central position as a woman lauded not only for her beauty (and her ‘favours’) but as a highly intelligent, witty, charming (self) educated conversationalist with a great breadth and depth of knowledge!

Of course as with any biography, we gain many insights into the times, culture, views, values – including the  prevailing view that women were inferiors! Salons, where discussions of the Arts, politics etc went on, were for men! So Valtesse created her own weekly Salon, where she could engage in intelligent conversation with artists, writers, journalists, military men – she really liked a man in uniform.

It’s such a well researched book and a fascinating story.

To find my friend’s blog, just put Elizabeth Eiffel into your browser.

Happy reading.  Gaytana

 

 

 

Radio Programme – Tonight

I always look forward to the second Thursday of the month as Passionate Reader – Stewart – is my guest on Write Now (Southern FM – 88.3FM Melbourne) Often I discover a book I’ve never heard of, let alone read.

We’ll also be talking about Choral Speaking as I have an upcoming event with my speech choir, Making Waves.

If you’re not in the broadcast area you can still listen on line as we stream: www,southernfm.com.au

 

Cheers, Gaytana