Bonjour! As the Bell Bookshop’s newest recruit and France’s cultural ambassador to Henley, I am delighted to be part of the bookshop team and help customers with their quest for the next great read. I have always loved reading, whether it be historical fiction, whodunnits, philosophy, plays, poetry or the classic novels of world fiction.

My particular favourites include Memoires d’outre-tombe by Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand (the idol of the young French Romantic movement), Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre) by Federico Garcia Lorca and Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I also love anything by Henri Troyat, Fred Vargas (quirky French whodunnits) and Robert Seethaler.

Favourite Tipple:

Champagne of course!

Favourite Film:

My favourite film? Hard to decide, but I love It’s a Wonderful Life, La Vie et Rien d’Autre and (whisper this quietly) La Grande Vadrouille. For TV, who doesn’t love Montalbano?