Thu 3 Jun / Online Book Club

Reading Group: Consent: A Memoir by Vanessa Springora

Thirty years ago, Vanessa Springora was the teenage muse of one of France’s most celebrated writers, a footnote in the narrative of an influential man. At the end of 2019, as women around the world began to speak out in the wake of the #Metoo movement, Springora, now in her forties and the director of one of France’s leading publishing houses, decided to reclaim her own story.

Consent is the story of her stolen adolescence. Devastating in its honesty, Springora’s painstaking memoir lays bare the cultural attitudes and circumstances that made it possible for a thirteen-year-old girl to become involved with a fifty-year-old man.

Drawing parallels between children’s fairy tales, French history and the author’s personal life, Consent offers intimate insights into the meaning of love and consent, the toll of trauma and the power of healing in women’s lives.

Join us online even if you haven’t read the book!

Thu 3 June 6pm

1h30 | in English and French | £5, conc.£3

You can find information on the book in English on the British publisher’s website.

© photo: JF PAGA

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