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Issue Details: First known date: 2006... 2006 Left Bank Waltz : The Australian Bookshop in Paris
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'At a time in her life when friends were retiring and spending time with their grandchildren, a night out in Paris while she visited her musician son inspired Elaine Lewis to dream of a daring venture in this most enchanting of cities. Her vision was more than just fanciful. After doing the necessary research and groundwork, Elaine packed her bags and left Australia to open, on the Left Bank, the first Australian bookshop in central Paris.

'Full of incredible energy and enthusiasm, and with the help of locals and visiting Australians, she created her shop in the heart of the St-Germain-des-Pres literary quarter. Situated just around the corner from Notre Dame, her cosy literary haven quickly became an important cultural centre and a home away from home for Australian writers and artists in Paris.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Notes

  • Reviewed briefly by Tony Maniaty in The Weekend Australian (Review section), 8-9 April 2006.
  • Dedication: This book is for my children - David, Richard and Ginny; for my grandchildren - Ross, Harry, Grace, Niamh, Mia and Ella; and for all the wonderful people who helped me live the dream. Thank you.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage Australia , 2006 .
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      Extent: 342p.
      ISBN: 1740513495

Works about this Work

Reading Australia from Distant Shores Jennifer Wawrzinek , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 28 no. 1 2014; (p. 18-22, 257)
'A a doctoral candidate working in Australian Studies, Wawrzinek shares the difficulty to find quality Australian literature in Europe, particularly in Paris and in Berlin. With the increasing availability of ebooks via download,she is hoping that it will become easier to include lesser known Australian writers on reading lists in the European university and to access material that otherwise takes months to arrive via conventional methods of transportation. She says a sustained, ongoing program to support Australian authors, to speak about their work, and to engage in collaborative programs with European scholars and artists is needed to show the world that Australia is not just about Kangaroos and beautiful beaches.' (Publication summary)
Bonjour France, Hello Success Alison Walsh , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 - 6 August 2006; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Left Bank Waltz : The Australian Bookshop in Paris Elaine Lewis , 2006 single work autobiography ; My French Connection Sheryle Bagwell , 2006 single work autobiography ; Veuve Taylor Henrietta Taylor , 2005 single work autobiography
City of Darkness and Light Caroline Brothers , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 65 no. 2 2006; (p. 28-33)

— Review of Left Bank Waltz : The Australian Bookshop in Paris Elaine Lewis , 2006 single work autobiography
Skim Anne Susskind , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 23 May vol. 124 no. 6521 2006; (p. 88-89)

— Review of Left Bank Waltz : The Australian Bookshop in Paris Elaine Lewis , 2006 single work autobiography
[Review] Left Bank Waltz : The Australian Bookshop in Paris Carol Middleton , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 282 2006; (p. 61)

— Review of Left Bank Waltz : The Australian Bookshop in Paris Elaine Lewis , 2006 single work autobiography
[Review] Left Bank Waltz : The Australian Bookshop in Paris Candice Cappe , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , March vol. 85 no. 8 2006; (p. 30)

— Review of Left Bank Waltz : The Australian Bookshop in Paris Elaine Lewis , 2006 single work autobiography
Following Aussie Prints of Quixotic Steps in Paris Mark Thomas , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 15 April 2006; (p. 12)

— Review of Left Bank Waltz : The Australian Bookshop in Paris Elaine Lewis , 2006 single work autobiography
Ink in the Blood Christopher Bantick , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 16 April 2006; (p. 16)

— Review of Left Bank Waltz : The Australian Bookshop in Paris Elaine Lewis , 2006 single work autobiography ; My Life in Print M. G. Zifcak , 2006 single work autobiography
An Aussie Coup in Paris Mark Tewfik , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14-16 April 2006; (p. 33)

— Review of Left Bank Waltz : The Australian Bookshop in Paris Elaine Lewis , 2006 single work autobiography
[Review] Left Bank Waltz : The Australian Bookshop in Paris Carol Middleton , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 282 2006; (p. 61)

— Review of Left Bank Waltz : The Australian Bookshop in Paris Elaine Lewis , 2006 single work autobiography
Latest Chapter in a Parisian Love Affair Emily Dunn , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6 April 2006; (p. 19)
Opening a Window on the World Jane Sullivan , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 7 May 2006; (p. 18)
Reading Australia from Distant Shores Jennifer Wawrzinek , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 28 no. 1 2014; (p. 18-22, 257)
'A a doctoral candidate working in Australian Studies, Wawrzinek shares the difficulty to find quality Australian literature in Europe, particularly in Paris and in Berlin. With the increasing availability of ebooks via download,she is hoping that it will become easier to include lesser known Australian writers on reading lists in the European university and to access material that otherwise takes months to arrive via conventional methods of transportation. She says a sustained, ongoing program to support Australian authors, to speak about their work, and to engage in collaborative programs with European scholars and artists is needed to show the world that Australia is not just about Kangaroos and beautiful beaches.' (Publication summary)
Last amended 11 Jun 2020 13:09:49
Subjects:
  • Paris,
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    France,
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    Western Europe, Europe,
  • 1980s
  • 1990s
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