Frédéric Beigbeder has long been breaking hearts and taking names on both sides of the channel with his effortless charm and Gallic swagger. On the release of his most honest work to date, A French Novel, here are our Top 10 reasons why we love him:
1) The quintessential Paris intellectual, you can find him as a regular at the chic Café de Flore, once a favourite haunt of Sarte, De Beauvoir and Camus.
2) He supports young writers: Beigbeder has co-founded two literary prizes. Le Prix de Flore for fiction and Le Prix de Sade, named in honour of the infamous Marquis, which is awarded for erotic writing.
3) A Parisian style icon, he featured in Thierry Richard’s ubiquitous guide for ‘le dandy’: Paris pour les Hommes.
4) Despite his success he’s not always kept his nose clean, inspiration for his latest work came after he was arrested in 2008 for snorting cocaine off a car bonnet…
5) …But the reformed bad-boy is now a sucker for the more leisurely style of life on the Atlantic coast, dividing his time between Paris and the idyllic village of Guéthary in the Basque country.
6) How many novelists give interviews whilst lounging in their marble tub?
7) He’s legendary for throwing the most fabulous parties in Paris. Check out this soirée for the Prix de Flore.
8) His raised eyebrows and impeccable hair have featured in a campaign for The Kooples, alongside his stunning girlfriend, Lara Micheli.
9) Not content with his prize-winning literary career, Beigbeder is also an actor and filmmaker: his directorial debut Love Lasts Three Years was released in 2011. He’s even appeared in a pornographic film.
10) Just for his name – Frédéric Beigbeder – just say it. So French. So lovely.
‘Despite its title, A French Novel seems to betray literary and hereditary Anglo Saxon roots; Beigbeder’s Gallic cynicism keeps getting undermined by a romantic sensibility that ultimately reminds me more of Fitzgerald than of Houellebecq. A wry, funny and compelling novel from an important French novelist’.