Shortlisted for the 2017 Stella Prize

Poum and Alexandre – Catherine de Saint Phalle

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Poum and Alexandre

About the book

“Catherine de Saint Phalle’s tender portrait of a lifelong partnership deserves to be an instant classic of the biography genre.

– 2017 Stella Prize Judges

About the author

Catherine de Saint Phalle

Further Reading

“Amid the deluge of memoirs, few are great literature. Poum and Alexandre is a rare and wonderful exception, a work that deserves to become a classic.” Fiona Capp, Sydney Morning Herald

“Saint Phalle’s book is thought-provoking and beautiful to read. Its mystery and elegance, the red threads of exotic history narrated by her parents, and the author’s close examination of shifting manners and morals create a shadow world that is difficult to emerge from when the last page is done.” Miriam Cosic, The Australian


Read Helen Garner’s launch speech for Poum and Alexandre (click the ‘Reviews’ tab)

Listen to 3CR’s David McLean interviews Catherine about Poum and Alexandre

Catherine speaks to her local paper, the Moreland Leader, following her Stella shortlisting

Judges’ report

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