Francoise Sagan was born in Cajarc, France in 1935. She took her nom de plume from Marcel Proust's Princesse de Sagan and was eighteen years old when she wrote her bestseller Bonjour Tristesse. Having failed to pass her examinations at the Sorbonne, she decided to write a novel. It received international acclaim and by 1959 had sold 850,000 in France alone. Her other books include A Certain Smile, Those Without Shadows, Aimez-vouz Brahms..., La Chamade, The Heart-Keeper, Sunlight on Cold Water, Scars on the Soul, The Unmade Bed, The Painted Lady, The Still Storm, Painting in Blood, Silken Eyes and Incidental Music. She was also a playwright (her plays include Un Piano dans l'herbe and Zaphorie), wrote three volumes of autobiography - the last volume, Avec mon meilleur souvenir, appeared in 1984. Francoise Sagan died in 2004.
A funny, thoroughly immoral and thoroughly French tale * The Times
The novel that paved the way for the permissive society...one of the literary sensations of the century * Daily Telegraph *
Francoise Sagan is the French F. Scott Fitzgerald * Guardian *