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Paris or Die: A Memoir

Jayne Tuttle

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Hardie Grant Books
05 December 2019
Biography; Autobiography: literary; Memoirs; Travel writing
Paris. The beauty. The grime. The colours and thoughts and songs and sounds and children and dogs. The taste of strawberries, the sky, first metro, last metro, the bells, the dreams ...

The city of light, it seems, has its own plans for Jayne. Drawn there in an entirely unforeseen way, she finds herself in a vibrant and dizzying neighbourhood, living in a former monastery, studying at a famous theatre school, falling in love with a Frenchman too beautiful to be real. She will forget her past and disappear into the culture if it kills her. And one strange night, it nearly does.

Sharp, funny and unflinchingly honest, Jayne Tuttle's writing lifts you off the page and into a Paris far beyond the postcards. Paris or Die is a headlong plunge into not just life in Paris, but life itself.
By:   Jayne Tuttle
Imprint:   Hardie Grant Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   350g
ISBN:   9781741176742
ISBN 10:   1741176743
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   05 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jayne Tuttle is a writer and performer who lives between France and Australia. After graduating from Melbourne University and Melbourne's National Theatre she moved to Paris, where she lived for ten years, training at the Jacques Lecoq Theatre School before working internationally as an actor and writer. Her stories about life in Paris have been widely published in newspapers, magazines and guides. She works in Paris as a translator and bilingual copywriter.

Reviews for Paris or Die: A Memoir

Beautifully written with an unfiltered lens, Paris or Die is gritty, funny and heartbreakingly real. -- Emily Harms, The Wheeler Centre Tuttle's honesty and raw self-exposure creeps on you, as does her own near-death experience. -- Wendy Mason, The Herald Sun A rollicking yarn that is humorous, poignant and sexy, and always evocative of Paris. -- Graham Erbacher, The Australian A love letter to Paris: not the idealised city Tuttle had imagined it to be, but a real and imperfect place where she feels alive, more alive than ever before -- Gemma Nisbet, The West Australian A witty and observant raconteur, and merciless chronicler of her own foibles, she's like the love child of David Sedaris and Helen Garner. -- Linda Jaivin, The Saturday Paper A latter-day Bonjour Tristesse. -- Steve Carroll, Sydney Morning Herald / The Age Tuttle, a writer, actor and charismatically charming first-time author, takes us on quite a journey. Her writing is pitch-perfect and pacy - very, very funny at times, and raw and affecting at others. -- Linda Jaivin, The Saturday Paper Joyous, sexy and compelling ... a wonderful read. -- Paddy O'Reilly, author of Peripheral Vision, The Wonders Moving, raw and more than a little bit sexy, I practically inhaled this book about a woman determined to grab on to art, love and life with everything she's got in the world's most romantic city. -- Rachel Power, author of The Divided Heart: Art and Motherhood A riveting, moving, funny and at times shocking memoir about a young Australian woman whose dream journey to the city of light turns into a nightmare. I loved it. -- Jennifer Higgie, writer and editor Frieze magazine I was entranced from start to finish. A tantalising tour through the life of a young, spontaneous, in love, in lust, foreigner whose inimitable joie de vivre opens her to a Paris that yields its local charms, its particular customs and its unexpected dangers ... -- Martine Murray, author of The Last Summer of Ada Bloom, How to Make a Bird An electric rollercoaster ride through the streets of Paris, this is also a moving memoir of love, exploration and loss - at times utterly joyful, at times gut-wrenching and always fierce and beautifully written. -- Jemma Birrell, artistic director of Sydney Writers' Festival, 2012-2016 Jayne Tuttle's writing is a delicious delight. -- Christos Tsiolkas, author of Damascus, Merciless Gods, Barracuda, The Slap A vivid memoir of damage, grace and healing which manages to be funny, irreverent and moving all at once. -- Luke Davies, BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee By turns madcap and heart-breaking, Paris or Die is a witty and wise reflection on the power of cities to help us become ourselves. I devoured it and I can't wait to read more from my new favorite writer. -- Lauren Elkin, author of Flaneuse: Women Walk the City 'By turns madcap and heart-breaking, Paris or Die is a witty and wise reflection on the power of cities to help us become ourselves. I devoured it and I can't wait to read more from my new favorite writer.' - Lauren Elkin, author of Flaneuse: Women Walk the City 'A vivid memoir of damage, grace and healing which manages to be funny, irreverent and moving all at once.' - Luke Davies, author of Candy, Totem, script writer of Lion 'Jayne Tuttle's writing is a delicious delight.' - Christos Tsiolkas, author of Damascus, Merciless Gods, Barracuda, The Slap 'An electric rollercoaster ride through the streets of Paris, this is also a moving memoir of love, exploration and loss - at times utterly joyful, at times gut-wrenching and always fierce and beautifully written.' - Jemma Birrell, artistic director of Sydney Writers' Festival, 2012-2016 'I was entranced from start to finish. A tantalising tour through the life of a young, spontaneous, in love, in lust, foreigner whose inimitable joie de vivre opens her to a Paris that yields its local charms, its particular customs and its unexpected dangers ...' - Martine Murray, author of The Last Summer of Ada Bloom, How to Make a Bird 'A riveting, moving, funny and at times shocking memoir about a young Australian woman whose dream journey to the city of light turns into a nightmare. I loved it.' - Jennifer Higgie, writer and editor Frieze magazine 'Moving, raw and more than a little bit sexy, I practically inhaled this book about a woman determined to grab on to art, love and life with everything she's got in the world's most romantic city.' - Rachel Power, author of The Divided Heart: Art and Motherhood 'Joyous, sexy and compelling ... a wonderful read.' - Paddy O'Reilly, author of Peripheral Vision, The Wonders 'Tuttle, a writer, actor and charismatically charming first-time author, takes us on quite a journey. Her writing is pitch-perfect and pacy - very, very funny at times, and raw and affecting at others.' - Linda Jaivin, The Saturday Paper 'A latter-day Bonjour Tristesse.' - Steve Carroll, Sydney Morning Herald / The Age 'A witty and observant raconteur, and merciless chronicler of her own foibles, she's like the love child of David Sedaris and Helen Garner.' - Linda Jaivin, The Saturday Paper 'A love letter to Paris: not the idealised city Tuttle had imagined it to be, but a real and imperfect place where she feels alive, more alive than ever before ' - Gemma Nisbet, The West Australian 'A rollicking yarn that is humorous, poignant and sexy, and always evocative of Paris.' - Graham Erbacher, The Australian 'Tuttle's honesty and raw self-exposure creeps on you, as does her own near-death experience.' - Wendy Mason, The Herald Sun 'Beautifully written with an unfiltered lens, Paris or Die is gritty, funny and heartbreakingly real.' - Emily Harms, The Wheeler Centre


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