When originally published in 1954, Bonjour Tristesse- the first novel by 18-year old Francois Sagan - had France's literary establishment in uproar. A tale of sun, sea and sandy bedsheets, precocious seventeen-year old Cécile transports us to the fashionable French Riviera, where she leads a carefree summer with her widowed father and his young mistresses. When he unexpectedly announces his engagement to an older friend of her mother’s Cecile’s plan to derail it has devastating consequences. £7.99, amazon.co.uk
Words by Imogen Blackwell. The Iris Letter June 2017.