Au Revoir, Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature by Viv Groskop
A lighthearted look at how to bring more humor, happiness, and joie de vivre into our lives through French literature
Like many people the world over, Viv Groskop wishes she was a little more French. A writer, comedian, and journalist, Groskop studied the language obsessively starting at age 11, and spent every vacation in France, desperate to escape her Englishness and to have some French chic rub off on her. In Au Revoir, Tristesse, Groskop mixes literary history and memoir to explore how the classics of French literature can infuse our lives with joie de vivre and teach us how to say goodbye to sadness. From the frothy hedonism of Colette and the wit of Cyrano de Bergerac to the intoxicating universe of Marguerite Duras and the heady passions of Les Liaisons dangereuses, this is a love letter to great French writers. With chapters on Marcel Proust, Victor Hugo, Gustave Flaubert, Stendhal, Honoré de Balzac, Albert Camus, and of course Françoise Sagan, this is a delectable read for book lovers everywhere.
Au Revoir, Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature - About The Author
Viv Groskop is a writer, stand-up comedian and TV and radio presenter. She is the host of the chart-topping podcast HOW TO OWN THE ROOM, featuring women like Hillary Clinton, Margaret Atwood, Sandi Toksvig and Meera Syal talking about power, performance and public speaking. She has hosted book tours for Graham Norton and Jo Brand, is the veteran of four Edinburgh Fringe shows. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, Front Row and Saturday Review and appears regularly on TV. As an executive coach, she works with women across business, media and advertising, helping them to hone their authority, presence and leadership. To sign up for Viv's free weekly newsletter, including reading recommendations, culture highlights and tips on creativity, writing and mindset, subscribe here: https://howtoowntheroom.com