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We'll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light Paperback – February 28, 2006
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His second interest, however, was science fiction, which he began writing in his late teens. He sold stories to the same British and American magazines as J.G. Ballard and Thomas M. Disch, and in 1966 his first sf novel, THE GOD KILLERS, was published in both the US and Britain. He also edited the first-ever anthologies of Australian science fiction, and wrote the first history of the Australian cinema.
In 1969, he came to Europe, settled in London, and began writing books on the cinema, including a biography of the director Ken Russell, and studies of John Ford, Josef von Sternberg and the gangster and science fiction film genres, and working as an arts journalist for various magazines, and for BBC radio. He also served on the juries of European film festivals.
In 1974 he was invited to become visiting professor at Hollins College in Virginia, USA, where he remained for two years. While in America, he collaborated with Thomas Atkins on THE FIRE CAME BY; THE GREAT SIBERIAN EXPLOSION OF 1908,and wrote a study of director King Vidor, as well as completing two novels, THE HERMES FALL and BIDDING.
Returning to London, he published the technological thriller THE BLACK YACHT. In 1979 he moved to Ireland, and the following year returned to Australia, where he co-scripted the 1988 science fiction film THE TIME GUARDIAN, starring Carrie Fisher and Dean Stockwell. He also wrote and presented three TV series on the cinema, and produced and presented the ABC radio programme BOOKS AND WRITING.
In 1989 he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a screenwriter and film journalist. The following year, he met his present wife, Marie-Dominique Montel, and re-located in Paris.
After moving to France, John published biographies of Federico Fellini, Luis Bunuel, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas and Robert De Niro, as well as five books of autobiography, A POUND OF PAPER: CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK ADDICT, dealing with his fascination for collecting books, WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS: SEX AND LOVE IN THE CITY OF LIGHT, of which the SUNDAY TIMES of London wrote "it towers above most recent memoirs of life abroad," IMMOVEABLE FEAST: A PARIS CHRISTMAS, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WALK IN THE WORLD: A PEDESTRIAN IN PARIS, and THE PERFECT MEAL. IN SEARCH OF THE LOST TASTES OF FRANCE.
John has co-directed the annual Paris Writers Workshop and is a frequent lecturer and public speaker. His hobbies are cooking and book collecting. He has a major collection of modern first editions. When not writing, he can be found prowling the bouquinistes along the Seine or cruising the Internet in search of new acquisitions.
Top Customer Reviews
We'll Always Have Paris is part auto-biography in telling the tale of how the author came from Australia and then LA to end up living in Paris. This part blends easily with telling tales of the history of Paris, the great places to hang out in Paris, and the way of life in Paris. Author John Baxter manages to do this all while being enormously entertaining. I read this at night before going to bed and at times had to stifile my laugh for fear of waking my husband. Yes, it's THAT funny sometimes. Readers, get a glass of good French wine and sit back while this storyteller lures you in with what most Americans always wonder - what it's really like to live in Paris.
I don't understand why every guy who writes, who has working sex organs, and knocks someone up in Paris, writes about the event as if it were an event I need to know about. I really don't need to know where his daughter was conceived; and functioning sex organs are not as exceptional as they seem to the owner. Look around.
This is, apparently, another hazard of living in France; writing about your succesful reproduction as it it were of interest to others. He might have saved said daughter the humiliation of the event's inscription.
See also Adam Gopnik "Paris to the Moon" which is overall a more successful book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What an amazing book for any Francophile/Francophone! John Baxter is one of the few Expat Authors who actually relays a true enlivened account of any Parisian or France walking... Read morePublished 9 months ago by The Sharp's
For those of us introduced to Paris' mystique at an early age, through the books we were reading as teenagers, sex was always a major part of what we learned. Read morePublished 13 months ago by stephanvegoe
Not what I was expecting, but it was very interesting. I always like to get a feel for what it is like to live in other countries, especially if it covers different time periods.Published 14 months ago by LauraG
We'll always have Paris- just not in this book- poorly constructed equaled only by the sad prose-save your time and moneyPublished 21 months ago by mj deneen
Excellent mix of past and present-day Paris. The author came to Paris because he was invited by his girlfriend who later became his wife. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Gary McCall
Very much what I expected it to be. A readable and entertaining book.
Baxter writes about life in Paris - sometimes he reuse parts from his other books. Read more
A pleasure to read, this author has the gift of putting words together. For the most part, the stories were entertaining and sometimes funny, but I was bothered by a jarring lack... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Traflet
I purchased this book as entertainment for my 9 hour flight to Paris, unfortunately, in my haste to the airport I forgot the book on my entry table. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Raquel Segura