John Baxter is a film critic, novelist, biographer and broadcaster, whose books on the cinema include The Hollywood Exiles, The Cinema of John Ford, and highly praised biographies of Ken Russell, Fellini, Bunuel, Steven Spielberg, Kubrick and Woody Allen. Born in Australia, John Baxter now lives in Paris.
"A lively Parisian narrative. ... Engaging." -- New York Times Book Review "Well-researched and entertaining. ... The content is compelling and the writing vivid. ... Baxter's anecdotes and observations are consistently enlightening." -- Washington Post "Lively and characterful. ... Shows the panache the French brought to their 'improvised' war." -- Liesl Schillinger in the New York Times (9 Books That Would Make Great Gifts) "An intimate memoir of his grandfather's experiences of that war. ... All this is done with Baxter's inimitable lightness of touch and conversational style, which often belies the profound knowledge he has of his adoptive city." -- Anton Gill, author of A Dance Between the Flames: Berlin Between the Wars and An Honourable Defeat: A History of German Resistance to Hitler, 1933-1945 "An enjoyable, swift read ... as fun as a work of historical fiction." -- Kirkus Reviews "Captivating... In the series of vignettes and anecdotes that make up this elegant and sophisticated book, Baxter reveals an encyclopaedic knowledge of the City of Light." -- Sydney Morning Herald "Engaging. ... An entertaining story of wartime Paris, and of Baxter's search to find his heritage within it." -- The Australian "The most original and unexpectedly beguiling account of the Great War I have ever read. John Baxter is one of the master storytellers of our age ... A revelation, an adventure, a joy to read." -- Kevin Jackson, author of Constellation of Genius:1922: Modernism Year One.