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Rachel Joyce Miss Benson's Beetle
Friday 12 March 18h00 French time
The best-selling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry brings us this wonderful story of a straight-laced school teacher escaping the drudgery of post-war London for an expedition to the other side of the world. She sallies forth with a most unlikely companion, the fun-loving, trouble-attracting Enid, in search of a beetle she has been obsessed with since childhood but that may not even exist.
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Philip Mansell Versailles and the English : Admiration and Intimacy, from Louis XIV to Queen Victoria
Friday 19 February 18h00 French time
The moment Louis XIV began to entertain at Versailles, English people were among the most favoured visitors. They particularly admired the gardens, the Galerie des Glaces and the spectacles of mass in the royal chapel and the royal family eating dinner. The influence of Versailles transformed English architecture, furniture and fashions. The last court ball at Versailles was given by Napoleon III in honour of Queen Victoria in 1855. Afterwards she wrote: ‘The union of the two countries and of the two sovereigns is of the greatest importance…May this happy union ever continue for the benefit of the world!’
In April 2020, during the first Covid lockdown, Festilitt launched a programme of online talks to help ease the social isolation. We're back again with a wide range of fiction and non-fiction authors to entertain and enlighten and provide a much-needed boost to our spirits through this testing time.
Join us every Friday at 18h00 French time for an hour of book-lovers' delight.
Back due to popular demand - LockdownLit: a series of free weekly talks with authors on Zoom
The Parisot literary festival
15, 16 & 17 October 2021
Frances Quinn The Smallest Man
Friday 26 February 18h00 French time
Inspired by a true story, and spanning two decades that change the country for ever, Frances Quinn's debut novel follows the adventures of Nat Davey who, in 1625 was hidden in a pie that was given as a present to the new queen of England.
The Smallest Man is a heartwarming tale about being different, but not letting it hold you back. About being brave enough to take a chance, even if the odds aren’t good. And about how, when everything else is falling apart, true friendship holds people together.
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