Rags to riches

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Au­thor Cather­ine He­witt tells the clas­sic ‘girl-made-good’ story in her bi­og­ra­phy of Count­ess Valtesse de la Bigne – The Mis­tress of Paris. Fol­low the story of how she clawed her way up from an im­pov­er­ished start to a much en­vied life­style. Her lovers in­cluded pain­ters and politi­cians, and she caused plenty of scan­dal that will have you curled up with this book for hours. The Mis­tress of Paris, Cather­ine He­witt, £20 hard­back, Icon Books Cel­e­bra­tions to hon­our the hum­ble tur­key com­pletely trans­form the town of Lic­ques in Pas-de-Calais for three days in De­cem­ber. Held from 12-13 De­cem­ber, the Fête de la Dinde be­gins with a com­pe­ti­tion in which the breed­ers of the best tur­keys, guinea fowl and capons are re­warded for their ef­forts. A Christ­mas mar­ket of re­gional pro­duce runs through­out the week­end, and on the Satur­day night, rev­ellers gather for a meal and danc­ing. On Sun­day, the Con­frérie de l’Or­dre de la Dinde guides a pro­ces­sion of tur­keys around the town be­fore more cel­e­bra­tions and food are en­joyed in the town square. The fes­ti­val at­tracts thou­sands of visi­tors and around 2,000 meals are served in two days. www.lic­ques-volailles.fr

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