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Laurence Phillips ( has been escaping to France since boyhood and has written many and varied guides to the country, most recently a companion to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Travels With a Donkey in the Cevennes. 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. His 2009 collection of short stories Garson Lazarre’s Paris Confidential is a satirical appraisal of the capital’s expat celebrity circuit. In France, he has been honoured as a Commander of the Order of St Nectaire cheese and a Squire of the Confrérie des Sacres 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, for this book and the Bradt Guide to Eurostar Cities, 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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Je Suis Braderie – Lille’s legendary street market fights back

The Braderie de Lille, Europe’s biggest street sale, is set to return in September 2017. 

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Barbie, boots and boys’ toys – Lille’s arty take on Euro 2016

There are plenty of fab and groovy exhibitions to celebrate a summer of football in Lille.

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The end of an era

Laurence Phillips bids farewell to two Lillois dining institutions.

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