Something To Declare

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01Raison D'etre2002012820060918 (BBC7)
20060919 (BBC7)

Samuel West reads Julian Barnes' thoughts on France and the French - and Flaubert (mais bien sûr).

Essays with a French connection by Julian Barnes.

1: `Raison d'etre'.

Barnes explains how he became a firm Francophile.

He describes his first holiday in France.

02Spending Their Deaths On Holiday2002012920060919 (BBC7)
20060920 (BBC7)

Julian Barnes' thoughts on his favourite Francophone 'chanteurs': Vian, Brassens and Brel.

Read by Samuel West.

Essays with a French connection, by Julian Barnes.

2: `Spending Their Deaths on Holiday'.

Barnes's love of French music is here exemplified by three of his favourite singers.

03The Land Without Brussels Sprouts2002013020060920 (BBC7)
20060921 (BBC7)

Julian Barnes finds an Elizabeth David recipe hard to follow.

How do you 'melt' a tomato?

Essays with a French connection, by Julian Barnes.

3: `The Land without Brussels Sprouts'.

A look at the life and writings of Elizabeth David.

04The Tour De France2002013120060921 (BBC7)
20060922 (BBC7)

Julian Barnes' thoughts on the drugs and heroes of the most punishing endurance event in sport.

First broadcast in 2002.

Essays with a French connection, by Julian Barnes.

4: `The Tour de France'.

Barnes examines another French institution.

Read by Samuel West

05 LASTFrench Letters2002020120060922 (BBC7)
20060923 (BBC7)

Julian Barnes looks at the lives and letters of Flaubert, Baudelaire and Courbet.

The reader is Samuel West.

Essays with a French connection, by Julian Barnes.

5: `French Letters'.

Two portraits of the writer Baudelaire and painter Courbet, based on their letters.