In the February issue of Next I review Delicacy by David Foenkinos. Translated from French, it's won all the fancy pants awards it can in France and the author himself has written and directed a film version of it starring Audrey Tatou. It's the sort of book I love: a quirky romance between a grieving French beauty and a gawky Swedish office worker. David Foenkinos sounds like a guy worth catching up with for a glass of wine too. A Parisian, here are his top 5 favourite things to do in the City of Lights...
David Foenkinos’s 5 Favourite Things to do in Paris
- Go and fetch my son from school
- Wander through the bookshops along the Seine
- Watch the women pass by when I’m sitting outside a café
- Go right to the top of the Buttes Chaumont park
- Stay in bed at home
I'm going to Paris later in the year - a significant birthday is going to be avoided there - and I vow to do everything but fetch his son from school. I'd even do that if he asked me.
In readiness, (for Paris in general, not the school run) I went to see Midnight in Paris again during the week. The LA Times says this is the biggest box officer earner of his career and I like it a lot, plus the city itself has a starring role.
However nothing will ever beat Annie Hall.