The Women of Paris

Anne Sebba, Ariane Bois

26/02/2017
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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

Anne Sebba


Anne Sebba is a biographer, lecturer, radio presenter and former Reuters' foreign correspondent. She has written nine critically acclaimed books, most recently Les Parisiennes.

Jonathan Fenby

Jonathan Fenby has written 18 books, including his acclaimed On the Brink: The Trouble with France and The General: Charles de Gaulle and the France He Saved, hailed by the New York Times as ‘a magnificent book… learned, incisive and gripping’ which ‘turns breadth and depth into enthrallment.’ An expert on both France and China, Fenby was Paris bureau chief for Reuters and The Economist and editor of bothThe Observer and the South China Morning Post. He is the recipient of both the Légion d’Honneur and the Ordre National du Mérite.

Ariane Bois

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