In Conversation With Louisa Deasey And Margaret Ambrose
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In Conversation With Louisa Deasey And Margaret Ambrose

In conjunction with the release of her memoir, A Letter From Paris, join author Louisa Deasey in conversation with Margaret Ambrose about the post-war experience of Paris, for artists of the 1940s and 1950s. Margaret Ambrose will discuss with Louisa about some of the research into the Australian-French connections that went into A Letter From Paris.

From piles of diary entries about Paris after the war, to how a tiny hamlet in the south of France became a bohemian artist’s colony for Australian ex-pats in the late 1940s, to a mistaken arrest at a hotel in Paris which was known as “Little Australia” for a time in the 1950s: Louisa’s research gives a unique perspective on France for those Australians who fled there to escape ‘conformity’ after World War Two.

THE BOOK: A Letter From Paris

What would you do if someone you thought you’d lost forever, sent you a message from Paris?

A true story of hidden art, lost romance, and family reclaimed.

When Louisa Deasey receives a message from a French woman about a stack of letters written about Louisa’s father, neither woman can imagine the events it will set in motion.

From the seemingly simple question ‘Who was Denison Deasey?’ follows a trail of discovery that leads Louisa from the State Library in Melbourne to the streets of London and Paris, to a poet’s villa in the south of France.

Ranging from her father’s secret service in World War Two to his relationships with some of the most famous bohemian artists in post-war Europe, Louisa unearths a portrait of a fascinating man, both at the epicenter and at the mercy of the social and political currents of his time.

A Letter from Paris is about the stories we tell ourselves, and the secrets uncovered by looking into the past. A compelling tale of inheritance and creativity, loss and reunion, it shows the power of the written word to reunite us with our loved ones.

A Letter From Paris, published by Scribe, will be available for purchase and signing on the night.

to buy it online. Note that A Letter from Paris will soon be available to purchase at the Alliance Française

LOUISA DEASAY

In Conversation With Louisa Deasey And Margaret Ambrose

Louisa Deasey is a Melbourne author and freelance journalist who has published widely, including work in Overland, Vogue, Sunday Life and the Age.

MARGARET AMBROSE

In Conversation With Louisa Deasey And Margaret Ambrose

Margaret Ambrose is a journalist and author of the book How To Be French.

VENUE: Alliance Francaise de Melbourne
ADDRESS: 51 Grey St., St Kilda
DATE: Monday 1st October 2018
TIME: 6:30 pm
PRICE: FREE
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