In 1941, Irène Némirovsky sat down to write a work that would convey the magnitude of what she was living through by evoking the domestic lives and personal trials of the ordinary citizens of France. She did not live to see the day when, sixty-five years later, Suite Française would be hailed as a masterpiece.
Set in June 1940, when the Nazis occupy France, Suite Française falls into two parts. The first is a brilliant depiction of a group of Parisians as they flee the Nazi invasion; the second follows the inhabitants of a small rural community under occupation. This is a novel that teems with wonderful characters, each more vivid than the next. Amidst the mess of defeat, and all the hypocrisy and compromise, there is hope. True nobility and love exist, but often in surprising places.
Eleanor Bron has performed on stage and screen since her debut in the Cambridge Footlights revue, The Last Laugh, alongside Peter Cook. Well known as a comedic actress, she has appeared in Absolutely Fabulous, several of Amnesty International's Secret Policeman's Balls and most recently Fat Friends. Feature films include Iris, The House of Mirth, A Little Princess and Wimbledon.show more