DATE & TIME
Wednesday 15th March 2017
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
28 Berkeley Square
London W1J 6EN
Frédéric Beigbeder is France’s literary enfant terrible. A French writer, literary critic and a TV presenter, he won the Prix Interallié in 2003 for his novel ‘Windows on the World’ and the Prix Renaudot in 2009 for his book ‘Un roman français’.
Three of Beigbeder’s novels, ’99 Francs’, ‘L’amour dure trois ans’ and ‘Windows on the World’, are being adapted for the cinema.
He published his first Novel entitled ‘Mémoires d’un jeune homme derangé’, aged 25.
He wrote his second novel, ‘Holiday in a Coma’, in 1994, followed by ‘Love Lasts Three Years’, the last book of the trilogy of Marc Marronier, one of his main characters. Then, he wrote a collection of short stories entitled ‘Nouvelles sous Ecstasy’.
In 2000, Frédéric Beigbeder was dismissed from the advertising agency Young & Rubicam after publishing his satirical novel ’99 Francs’ in which he criticized the advertising world.
He won the Prix Interallié in 2003 for his novel ‘Windows on the World’ which takes place at the World Trade Center during 9/11. The English translation by Frank Wynne was awarded by the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2005.
In 2005, he published ‘The Romantic Egoist’.
In 2007, he published ‘Au secours pardon’, the sequel of ’99 Francs’.
In 2008, he was arrested for snorting cocaine off the hood of a car in Paris in the 8th Arrondissement. He was also in possession of 2.6 grams of cocaine. The arrest inspired his book ‘A French Novel’.
He also wrote comic books for a series called ‘Rester Normal’. The comic book was a caricature of the international jet-set. Two books were published : ‘Rester Normal’ (2002) and ‘Rester Normal à Saint-Tropez’ (2004).
As a director, he made ‘Love Last Three Years’. He is the co-author of ‘L’Attrape-Salinger’, a documentary about J. D. Salinger and he plays himself in different movies.
In 1996, he co-created a literary magazine called NRV. In 2003, he co-founded Bordel, another literary magazine. Frédéric Beigbeder worked as a columnist for various magazines including the French edition of GQ. Since 2013, he has been the executive editor of the French magazine Lui.
From September 2005 to May 2007, he worked for the French TV show Le Grand Journal hosted by Michel Denisot. In addition, he hosts Le Cercle, a TV programme of literary and film reviews broadcast on Canal+ Cinéma.