With Sophie Roell at The Browser, she tagged five notable books on glamour, including:
Bonjour TristesseRead about another book Helena Frith Powell tagged at The Browser.
by Françoise Sagan
What about “Bonjour Tristesse”, written by Francoise Sagan when she was just 18?
I think this book is just compulsory reading for women of any age. It’s a wonderful book, apart from anything else. It gives an amazing insight into that awful stage of becoming a woman. And I think part of what we’ve been talking about — whether you want to call it glamour or sexual attractiveness or whatever — is really about being a woman. And “Bonjour Tristesse” describes that transition into adulthood very well.
I love the main character in the book, the young heroine Cécile, but also Anne Larsen, the woman whom the father loves falls in love with. I think she is just this very chic, iconic, French woman, 42 years old, who makes an effort to look good at all times, which is something French women are very good at. So even when Anne comes down to breakfast, she’s wearing lip gloss and an ironed shirt and even though she’s casual, she still looks gorgeous in every way. I think this book is just such a classic and it gives you a very strong sense of French glamour, French style. There’s a real style about this book.
Visit Helena Frith Powell's website, and read about her top ten list of "sexy French books."
Writers Read: Helena Frith Powell (February 2009).