It is years and years since I read Alain-Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes and I have nothing very insightful to say about it, I'm afraid! But I feel generally well disposed towards the novel and so I'm keen to interview Robert Gibson, whose recent book The End of Youth: The Life and Work of Alain-Fournier (Impress Books) has just landed.

Robert Gibson has published on Alain-Fournier's work for over half a century. His latest book draws on new material that has appeared over the last twenty-five years that allows a significant reappraisal of the detail and influences of Alain-Fournier's life. Robert Gibson has had unique access to this material and this book will prove to be another landmark in the study of the author of Le Grand Meaulnes. Robert Gibson is retired Professor of French from the University of Kent [...] He is the world authority on Alain-Fournier in the English-Speaking world.

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