Emmanuelle de

A writer, journalist and president of the “La Closerie des Lilas” prize, Emmanuelle de Boysson has written around 15 successful books. These include Le Cardinal et l’hindouiste ou le mystère des frères Daniélou and Georges Izard, avocat de la liberté (Presses de la Renaissance); Les Secrets des couples qui durent (J’ai Lu); and Les Grandes Bourgeoises and Les Nouvelles Provinciales (J-C Lattès). Her trilogy Le Temps des femmes (Ed. Flammarion), comprising Le Salon d’Émilie, La Revanche de Blanche and Oublier Marquise, depicts the salons, theatre and world of 17th-century painting through the drama and passions of three generations of female artists.

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The Energy of Quiberon

Emmanuelle de Boysson Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa Sea & Spa

“We’re going to Louison Bobet’s.” The words echoed through my head. I heard my grandfather’s voice, with its Midi accent, issuing the invitation to all and sundry. Louison Bobet. The name was a key that opened up a world of legends. I imagined the triple Tour de France champion to be a warm, good-looking man: a charmer, storyteller, bon vivant, daredevil, sweating through the race, his calves lean like cured ham. In the car that took me through Auray woods to the wave-battered Quiberon peninsula, I felt as if I was joining a country house party; returning to where I belonged. My grandmother, Catherine Daniélou, had grown up in Locronan, in this Breton landscape at the edge of the earth. I was floating between sea and sky. It was October, and chilly. “A stay at Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa Sea & Spa to prolong the summer,” was what the the charming young woman who had asked me to sign my latest…

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