Meet the dazzling women of Paris; from Colette to Nancy Mitford; Marie Antoinette to Coco Chanel; Napoleon's Josephine to Edith Wharton.
Rule-breakers and style-setters, these women were utterly diverse, yet they shared one common passion - Paris, the world's headquarters of femininity.
At a turning point in her life, Lucinda Holdforth journeys to Paris and takes a very personal tour through the lives, loves and losses of its celebrated women. She evokes the incarnations of the city from Louis XIV through the French Revolution, two world wars and the Paris of the new millennium.
And, as she walks in their footsteps, Lucinda draws inspiration from the fascinating women who created and nurtured the world's most civilised city. This enjoyable companion will seduce and delight - and inspire every woman in search of her own true pleasures...
About the Author
Lucinda Holdforth is the author of two non-fiction works: True Pleasures: A Memoir of Women in Paris (2004) and Why Manners Matter: The Case for Civilised Behaviour in a Barbarous World (2007) that are still being published in markets and languages around the world. In 2010 Lucinda was one of three judges of the Douglas Stewart non-fiction prize for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Lucinda lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband Syd Hickman.
"This quite remarkable piece of travel writing... It is meticulously researched, and Holdforth's responses, as she visits the famous houses and places and imagines the lives of the women, are passionate and compelling." - Sydney Morning Herald
"Holdforth’s approach is so engaging, and informative enough, that it doesn’t matter if you don’t even know the basics. I found it a very good starting point to learn a bit about all of the great women without being bombarded with too much information and lots of confusing dates." - Bundle of Books
"The same could be said of this book. It is aptly named, being a true pleasure to read. My only complaint was that it could have been twice the length." - Kate Forsyth