Love and War in the Pyrenees.
A Story of Courage, Fear and Hope 1939-1944
(Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson July 2008)
It was a long time ago that I saw the shredded old espadrilles in the museum of St Laurent de Cerdans that started me off on my new book, Love and War in the Pyrenees. Those old rope and canvas shoes, worn out from criss- crossing the stony paths of the mountains belonged to one of the passeurs who had helped refugees escape across the border. The image stayed with me, and led me to think long and hard about what happened in this region during the Second World War. I slowly discovered a whole hidden history, of escape, occupation, and Resistance. I found a landscape deeply imprinted with the emotion of what had happened there. There were stories of great tragedy, cruelty, and some of hope. That became the way for me to write the book, looking for the single candles in the darkness.
Rosemary often gives talks about her books and writing. She has appeared at the Dartington Literature Festival, Devon, The Jewish Book Festival in London, in France she has appeared at Shakespeare & Co. Bookshop in Paris, the Café Litteraire in Collioure, and the Literary Lunches at L’Espinet, in Quillan.
Rosemary is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, teaching writing at Queen Mary College, London University. She tutors regular weeks for the Arvon Literary Foundation in travel and Life writing. She is available for personal writing tuition, online or in person in France or London, depending on location. Send an email for further information. I can assist with non-fiction travel or memoir writing, journalism or academic work.
Join her in September 2013 for Above the Clouds, a writing retreat in the Pyrenees. www.francewritingretreat.com
The perfect restaurant round the corner from that secret museum, the quiet beach, the walks that only locals know, a planned drive that takes in a whole variety of places you might otherwise miss, the right books to read, the special sights that tourist guides miss, the small museums with hidden treasures, the artists, writers and other famous folk who have lived there and live there now….
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I can advise about most areas of France, but especially the South and Southwest, and a bit of Spanish Catalonia too. I can call on expert chums who live in parts I have yet to reach, for more intimate knowledge and detailed itineraries.
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