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Consent : A Memoir

Springora, Vanessa
Format: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (HarperVia)
Published: February 18, 2021
ISBN: 9780008424923
208 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£12.99

Thirty years ago, Vanessa Springora was the teenage muse of one of France’s most celebrated writers, a footnote in the narrative of an influential man. At the end of 2019, as women around the world began to speak out, Springora, now in her forties and the director of one of France’s leading publishing houses, decided to reclaim her own story. Consent is the story of her stolen adolescence.

Devastating in its honesty, Springora’s painstaking memoir lays bare the cultural attitudes and circumstances that made it possible for a thirteen-year-old girl to become involved with a fifty-year-old man. Drawing parallels between children’s fairy tales, French history and the author’s personal life, Consent offers intimate insights into the meaning of love and consent, the toll of trauma and the power of healing in women’s lives.

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