Continuing the popular series of proverbs from around the world, each paired with an English equivalent, Don’t Toss Granny in the Begonias sheds amusing and often intriguing light on the perhaps justly notorious rivalry between the French and the English. But more than this, Don’t Toss Granny highlights as many similarities between the cultures. Witness ‘Porter l’eau á la riviére’ and ‘To carry coals to Newcastle’, or ‘Quand le chat n’est pas lá, les souris dansent’ – dancing mice as opposed to their English counterparts, who play in the cat’s absence.
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Don’t Toss Granny in the Begonias
Continuing the popular series of proverbs from around the world, each paired with an English equivalent, Don’t Toss Granny in the Begonias sheds amusing and often intriguing light on the perhaps justly notorious rivalry between the French and the English.
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Kathryn Lamb contributes cartoons to The Oldie, Spectator and Private Eye. She has had several exhibitions and has written several books, illustrated by her own cartoons, about teenage life; they have been translated into many languages. Her cartoons are sold in The Cartoon Gallery, London.
The daughter of diplomats, Marie-Hélène Claudel Gilly first encountered cross-cultural (mis)communications while growing up in Naples, Tangiers, New York and Brussels, then Sydney. In 1998, she was awarded the Ordre du Mérite for her service to the French community in Sydney. She holds an MA in comparative literature from Columbia University in New York and in Theatre Studies from the University of New South Wales. She currently lives in Paris.
Primrose Arnander is co-author of the three collections of Arabic proverbs and one of French proverbs - with English equivalents. She is also co-author of Gertrude Jekyll - Essays on the Life of a Working Amateur.