Author(s): Jane Gilmour
"French author Colette has a special place in French literary history, her life and writing novels Cheri, Gigli and the Claudine series spanned the renowned artistic period of Belle Epoque Paris, the art scene in the South of France and war time Paris. Her companions were all the great French writers, artists, actors and intellectuals and her life is told against a backdrop and atmosphere of great creativity and style, liberation and rebellion. Colette both wrote about love and lived love to the fullest in the most independent, and often outrageous sense - numerous lovers, several marriages, a lesbian affair, and an affair with her seventeen year old stepson. Colette's France reveals too her deep and personal love
"A legendary French writer, radical, and provocateur, Colette epitomized Belle Epoque Paris. Her beauty and brilliance are captured strikingly in this artful, sensual biography." "ForeWord Reviews""More than a symbol, though, Colette, who famously had all kinds of affairs, was a writer of unflinching portraits of love, or rather, as Gilmour suggests in this illustrated biography, the impossibility thereof." " Vogue.com"
Dr Jane Gilmour has a personal passion and extensive knowledge of Colette and her life. Jane lived in France for many years where she studied the writer at the Sorbonne and completed her thesis on the writer. Jane frequently returns to France to extend her knowledge and to visit the regions where Colette lived, loved and worked. She has sourced unique and rarely seen images for Colette's France.