by Gregory Stevens Cox
Paperback, 128 pages, 72 illustrations
Publisher: Blue Ormer Publishing, 2018
Victor Hugo is often portrayed as a lonely figure, isolated on his balcony. But far from being an introverted recluse, he regularly went to town and enjoyed the company of le noble petit peuple de Guernesey.
Follow Hugo as he buys pens, ink, paper, pottery, porcelain. Meet the postmaster who tried to swindle him. Encounter the hairdresser whose face was eaten by a ‘wolf.’
Visit Picquet House which received an historic telegraph message for him. Enter the church where he witnessed a baptism. Tread the streets that Hugo knew and immortalised.
A compelling anthology of anecdotes and images.
Quelle brochette! Et je ne parle pas pour moi! Le livre de Gregory est devenu mon handbook companion in St Peter Port!
Gérard Audinet, Directeur Maisons Victor Hugo, Paris
This book, the latest of a series written by Gregory Stevens Cox on Victor Hugo’s Channel Island exile, is described as a guidebook, and as such succeeds brilliantly … Familiar places, buildings become more interesting … and how they add interest to routine walks through the Town.
5* Review, The Review of the Guernsey Society
Absolutely fascinating! – This book is a fascinating mix of descriptions of Victorian St Peter Port, interspersed with nuggets of personal observations of Victor Hugo … A book to dip in and out of for pure pleasure or to read from cover to cover if looking for valuable insight to the place and the man.
5* Review, Amazon
About the Author
Gregory Stevens Cox – Guernsey’s leading Hugo scholar – has been researching the life of Victor Hugo in Guernsey since 1966. His other works include Victor Hugo aux Iles de la Manche (1996), Victor Hugo’s Guernsey Neighbours (2016) and Les Travailleurs de la mer – some Guernsey perspectives (2016). In 2015, he was one of the co-founders of the Victor Hugo in Guernsey Society, which held a festival in 2016 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Les Travailleurs de la mer.