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The Passion of Mademoiselle S.


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Jean-Yves Berthault is a French diplomat, fluent English speaker, and has worked professionally around the world. In 2012, when helping a close friend clear out her cellar in Paris, he stumbled upon an old attache case buried deep beneath a high pile of discarded newspapers. Opening it, he discovered it was crammed full of letters dating from 1928, written by a woman who we shall call Simone. This was the start of a two-year project in which he collated the letters into chronological order and added historical and cultural footnotes. The letters are now a testament to a unique love affair and to a moment in history.


"Jean-Yves...has edited them lovingly...[He] adds depth with quirky historical footnotes." -- Janice Turner * Times *
"A treasure trove of love letters, found about 90 years after they were written, give an extraordinary and pulsating glimpse into the Paris of the Roaring Twenties." * The Connexion *

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