W&N History Hb / TPb July £20.00 / £14.99 384pp 24pp colour illustrations 978 0 297 87097 5 / 978 1 474 60173 3 ebook: £20.00 / 978 0 297 87099 9 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 409 6156 1
‘[Sebba’s] prose is as smooth and elegant as expensive cashmere, it reads like a novel’ – Literary Review
W&N Non-Fiction • July 2016
ANNE SEbbA Les Parisiennes How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s a rich panorama of the lives of women in Paris during the second world war and in the years after the liberation of Paris.
What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris from 1939 to 1949? Even at the darkest moments of Occupation, with the Swastika flying from the Eiffel Tower and abandoned pet dogs howling on the streets, glamour was ever present. French women wore lipstick. Why?
It was women more than men who came face to face with the German conquerors on a daily basis – perhaps selling them their clothes or travelling alongside them on the Metro, where a German soldier had priority over seats. by looking at a wide range of individuals, Anne Sebba shows that women made life-and-death decisions every day, and often did whatever they needed to survive.
but this is not just a book about wartime. In fascinating detail Sebba explores the aftershock of the Second World War and the choices demanded. How did the women who survived to see the Liberation of Paris come to terms with their actions and those of others? Although politics lies at its heart, Les Parisiennes is a fascinating account of the lives of people of the city and, specifically, in this most feminine of cities, its women and young girls.
anne sebba read History at king’s College London then joined Reuters as a foreign correspondent based in London and Rome. She is the author of the international bestseller That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor and eight other works of non-fiction.
Location: Richmond, Surrey Available for interview www.annesebba.com