Colette's France is the remarkable life story of an extraordinary woman, who was known simply as -Colette'.
This lavishly illustrated biography of the French writer, who was as famous for her novels as for her often controversial life, follows her journey through the landscapes of France where she lived and loved – from a childhood in Burgundy and coming of age in Belle Époque Paris, to Provence and St Tropez.
Jane Gilmour recounts the varied lives of a sensual, artistic, rebellious woman who lived life on her own terms, from prodigious writer and journalist, risqué performer, lover and seducer, businesswoman, baroness, mother, and finally, grand old lady of letters.
Gilmour's personal passion for Collette shines through the pages of Colette's France. Her extensive knowledge of the artist's life has led her to uncover original photographs and exquisite illustrations that evoke the era and bring to life the story of a true original.
Dr Jane Gilmour has a personal passion and extensive knowledge of Colette and her life. Jane lived and studied in France for many years and completed her thesis on the writer there. When she returned to Australia, her career took her in different directions, and she had senior management and consulting roles in the arts and sustainability. In recent years, she has been in a position to revisit her interest in Colette, returning to France on a number of occasions to research and write this book and to visit the regions where Colette lived, loved and worked.
Colette's France: Her Lives, Her Loves
Hardie Grant Books
Author: Dr Jane Gilmour