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Past Events

Past EventsSunday, February 26

Anne Sebba and Ariane Bois: The Women of Paris

Ariane Bois
Anne Sebba
Chair: Jonathan Fenby

This event took place on 26th February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event click here.

Anne Sebba’s compelling new book, Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s, investigates the lives of women in this most feminine of cities during years of fear, courage, deprivation, secrets and, finally, renewal and retribution. Her fascinating cast includes Americans, Nazis, writers, painters, journalists, couturiers, spies, collaborators, mothers and mistresses.

In enthralling detail Sebba explores the aftershock of WW2. How did women who survived to see the Liberation of Paris come to terms with their actions and those of others? Although politics lies at its heart, Les Parisiennes is the first in-depth account of the everyday lives of women and young girls in this most feminine of cities.

Ariane Bois is one of France’s leading journalists. She talks about France and her latest novel, the award-winning Le gardien de nos frères, a story of two brave young heroes who fight to save Jewish children in WW2 Paris.

In conversation with Jonathan Fenby, author of The History of Modern France.

In Association with Tel Aviv University

Experience the event as it happened:

Video

Ariane Bois

Ariane Bois is a prize-winning French journalist, literary critic and author of four novels. She has been nominated for four French literary prizes and her most recent book is Le Gardien de Nos Frères

Anne Sebba

Anne Sebba is a biographer, lecturer, radio presenter and former Reuters’ foreign correspondent. She has written nine critically-acclaimed books including That WomanJennie Churchill, and lives of Mother Teresa, Laura Ashley and Enid Bagnold. The film rights for Les Parisiennes have already been sold and a multi-episode series is planned. Anne Sebbba is Chair of the Society of Authors.

Jonathan Fenby

Jonathan Fenby has covered China for 20 years, focusing on policy, the politics of the regime, and their impact on the economy. Former editor of the South China Morning Post, he has written eight books on China, including his newly updated HIstory of Modern Chinaand visits the country several times each year. He is also an authority on France and author of  The History of Modern France: From the Revolution to the War with Terror.

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