Talks: British authors on French literature including Posy Simmonds on Flaubert and Edmund de Waal on Proust
What a great series of talks the French Institute has put together. Every month, between January and June, a British author will talk about their favourite French writer. Will Self on Montaigne kicks things off on 20 January. All the talks sound great, but we are most excited about the incomparable Guardian cartoonist and Tamara Drewe author Posy Simmonds on Flaubert (one of her books is called Gemma Bovary after all), as well as potter Edmund de Waal on Proust. De Waal’s singularly wonderful book The Hare with the Amber Eyes – favourite to win this year’s Costa prize – is about a collection of Japanese netsuke first put together in the late nineteenth century by Charles Ephrussi, the inspiration behind Proust’s Charles Swann. Early booking for the talks is a must.