Robyn Sisman – Weekend in Paris

Penguin Australia, 2003

Holiday reading and book fairs take one in all sorts of directions.

I am sorry I didn’t come across the work of Robyn Sisman during her lifetime. Gosh, there is just so much to read out there.

Robyn Sisman had a career on the other side of publishing before becoming a novelist. Three of her five novels: Special Relationship, Perfect Strangers and Just Friends were all Sunday Times best sellers.

Born in Los Angeles, Sisman moved to Somerset and had been married to biographer Adam Sisman. She died in 2016.

She had a career on the other side of publishing before becoming a novelist. Three of her five novels: Special Relationship, Perfect Strangers and Just Friends were all Sunday Times best sellers.

Weekend in Paris is another one of those journey of self-discovery novels, rather satisfying however in its outcome and not too maudlin as some of these are.

An obituary in The Guardian says of her books: they are funny, fluent descriptions of what it is to fall in love, of obstacles encountered and overcome. But Robyn was no romantic: she was clear-sighted and without sentimentality or illusions, and her fiction has a spiky quality, both inhabiting and unsettling the genre. She was her own most unsparing critic, and never appreciated how talented she was.