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Conversation with French author François Garde

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Conversation with French author François Garde about his novel 'What Became Of The White Savage'

( 1st novel category of the Goncourt prize)

On Saturday 12 September at 3pm, join us and enjoy a High Tea & an exceptional talk with François Garde, author of “What Became of the White Savage” available in both French and English. His novel enjoyed a phenomenal success in France where it won nine literary prizes including the prestigious Goncourt Prize in the first novel category. The talk will be animated in English by Jacques Bernard, bookseller, followed by a signing session.

Book available for pre-sale at Le Forum or on the day.

Talk in English
Admission Free, booking is essential online or on 9386 7921
Afternoon Tea available for purchase at the Novotel

Novotel Afternoon Tea :

- Individual plates of assorted mini cakes / pastries / sandwiches. Tea $23
- Individual plates of assorted mini cakes / pastries / sandwiches.Tea with Glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne $29


What Became of the White Savage
Author: Fran
çois Garde

Translator: Aneesa Abbas Higgins   Cover design: Marie Lane

Some time in the 1840s, Narcisse, a young French sailor is abandoned on the coast of Australia and given up for dead by his shipmates. Seventeen years later he is found living among aboriginal peoples, having apparently forgotten everything of his original identity, including his native French language. Octave de Vallombrun, a well-meaning geographer, takes him under his wing and sets out to bring Narcisse, now known as the “white savage” back to civilisation and to find out what happened during those seventeen years.

Observing Narcisse’s struggle to adjust to the ways of the white man, Octave too begins to question his assumptions about what it means to be civilised, and to see in a new light the man known as the “white savage”.


François Garde

Born in 1959, François Garde grew up in Aix-en-Provence and studied at the prestigious Ecole Nationale d’Administration before embarking upon a career as a senior civil servant. He worked for many years in the French Overseas Territories in the Southern Pacific and Indian Oceans, before becoming a novelist. Published in 2012, What Became of the White Savage (“Ce qu'il advint du sauvage blanc”), is Garde’s first novel. Winner of nine literary prizes, including the prestigious Prix Goncourt in the first novel category for 2012