The town of Melun, south-east of Paris, below Orly airport, so to speak and above Fontainebleau, is a very special place to me.
Obviously I’ve spent time there and it was my stomping ground for awhile. Though the town itself is just a town, the area south of it is magnificent, from its cobbled roads and stone walls with old road signs to the forest and the buildings which abut it.
My major writing work, the three part saga, is heavily centred on the area from Barbizon to Melun to the 12eme arrondissement, which I know well. All the major characters in the middle of the book were from there and one remains throughout the entire saga.
I can’t even start to tell you how deep that book is inside me – if you ever want to know what makes Higham tick, read that* – it’s the most honest account of him you’re ever likely to read.…