So this is a very short Q&A I did for our Wednesday Reads blog post series at work. Bonjour Tristesse is a short read, perfect for summer.
What is your job?
What do you do day to day?
My main responsibility (or at least one which takes up the most time) is putting together design briefs for a wide variety of promotional material from seasonal catalogues to flyers for book launches to goody bag contents. I oversee print advertising so this involves submitting titles to The Bookseller category spotlights, liaison with academic conference organisers to insert adverts in the programmes and working with a range of publications for advert space. One of the great things about working in a small publishers is you are able to shape your role to a certain extent. Aside from these fixed priorities I have commissioned guest blog posts from authors and topical experts to tie in with campaigns, book releases and national events. I love going to conferences and exhibition fairs – I have immensely enjoyed meeting such interesting characters who have spent years researching a niche area of theology.
What are you reading?
Bonjour Tristesse by Francois Sagan – a beautifully evocative portrayal of the south of France and summer romance
Where are you reading it?
When I read I don’t want any distractions so I don’t tend to read whilst commuting. I much prefer to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon absorbed in a good book and it’s the perfect way to relax in the evenings too.
How are you reading it?
I will never be a digital convert. I have a beautiful Penguin Modern Classic edition
What percentage have you read?
I’m sadly nearing the end
Would you recommend it?
Definitely – read it if only because when it was released it caused outrage. But seriously, you know it’s good when you read another page at any given opportunity. It’s a coming of age story (with a twist) that is as relevant today as when it was written. It has the sense of revelling in carefree pleasure which really only comes with living a life of privilege without responsibility.
Why does it matter?
It matters because it brilliantly captures a pivotal moment in most people’s lives. Sagan’s style is so atmospheric, that it’s impossible to not be transported and moved by her words. The characterisation is realistic and the storyline poignant.
What else are you reading?
I do love a good psychological thriller and I find they are the perfect holiday read so I’m also reading Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent and Disclaimer by Renee Knight. Thoroughly recommended!