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Laurence Phillips
TRAVEL WRITER, BROADCASTER AND PLAYWRIGHT






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Laurence has been escaping to France since boyhood and has written many and varied guides to the country. He has been described by the French press as a 'charming bon vivant' and by British critics as 'a witty and entertaining enthusiast'. His passion for all things French has fuelled countless BBC radio broadcasts including Radio 4’s Allez Lille and his is a familiar voice on travel and arts programmes.

In France, his appreciation of long lunches and longer dinners was recognised when he was honoured as a Commander of the Order of St Nectaire cheese and a Squire of the Confrérie des Sacrés de la Champagne (although for the latter citation he was inscribed as Madame Laurence Phillips, which possibly makes him a Dame).

Twice winner of the prestigious Guide Book of the Year award from the British Guild of Travel Writers, he combines wanderlust with a love for theatre and work as a critic, playwright and songwriter, and has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company. His stage work has clocked up more travel miles than the author, being performed on four continents, from the West End to the South Pacific.

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When not penning pantomimes, lyrics and love scenes, Laurence is to be found travelling through France, Britain and Italy in search of the unusual, offbeat or simply delightful. Having stayed in the better part of a thousand hotels, from grand châteaux to a former bordello in a church and eaten unforgettable meals in salons and artists' garrets; stumbled across overlooked artworks in tiny villages and forgotten princes in palaces; partied with winegrowers and watched the sunrise with fishermen, showgirls and sheepdogs, Laurence delights in discovering the authentic spirit of each destination, making his travellers’ tales a special experience for his loyal readers.

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"Laurence really does have a love of France and all things French. When you read it, you feel you really want to visit."
Judith Chalmers, OBE, on presenting Laurence Phillips with his second
Guidebook of the Year Award, at the Savoy Hotel, London, 2004

"Laurence Phillips guides you round a city with the infectious enthusiasm of a best friend sharing his closest secrets."
Peter Nunn, BBC Radio Five Live

 


 

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The European press call Laurence Phillips "An entertaining travel companion, with an infectious love of food, alcohol and anecdotes,” adding “Taking his hand as he plunges into ‘his’ Paris, it’s like having a friend who shares your tastes, especially when it comes to eating."

British critics agree. The Sunday Times was first to acclaim his Bradt guide to Lille as “Best Guidebook” on the city, months before he won the title “Guidebook Writer of the Year”.

The Times Educational Supplement declares: “You can tell that Laurence Phillips was drawn to the joys of un petit verre from a young age and has taken every opportunity to celebrate the delights since!”

The BBC reckons “He guides you round a city with the infectious enthusiasm of a best friend sharing his closest secrets.”

And according to The Observer, Laurence’s writing is “Entertaining, informal and engaging, with a peppering of often surreal titbits.”

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ARTICLES

Laurence is a frequent contributor to the Sunday Times and other UK newspapers and magazines, he also writes for various travel websites and in-flight magazines. He is often to be heard on radio programmes and as a guest speaker at travel fairs and shows. As Travel Editor and France correspondent of the Canada Post, his monthly Traveldesk and Grill column offers a highly personal slant on tourism news and trends.

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BOOKS

Author of more than a dozen guidebooks, and contributor to as many others.

As sole author, titles include

AAA Travelbook France (2011)

Lille: the Bradt City Guides (newest edition 2009)

The Colours of France (AA, 2004)

AA Key Guide Normandy (2006)

Paris, Lille, Brussels: The Bradt Guide to Eurostar Cities (2001)

AA Essential Lille (2000)
 

As contributor

Room for Romance: UK & Ireland

Smooth Rides Guide to France

AA Key Guide France

AA Key Guide Provence

AA Key Guide Brittany

AA Spiral France

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THEMES

- Laurence is currently exploring the variety of the Languedoc-Roussillon region by the Mediterranean, and area he is getting to know and love as well as he does the north of France.

- The ultimate road trip.

- Lille, Calais and the north.

- Normandy.

- France and the cinema – locations from classic movies.

- Romantic short breaks.

- Self-catering and self-drive holidays.

- Eating your way through France: from roquefort-filled chocolates to the day it rains herrings.

- France by rail.

- France in a wine glass.

- Theatre and music.

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TO MAKE CONTACT

Laurence is usually to be found in France these days, so best contact him via email. lolly@laurencephillips.com will always find him.
To call him in France dial (00 33) 4 67 21 75 66 or in the UK 07956 298 550.

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AA Colours of France - click to find this book on amazon.com

 

 

 

Bradt Eurostar Guide: Paris, Lille & Brussels - click to find this book on amazon.com

 

 

 

Bradt Guide to Lille - click to find this book on amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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