Nick Hammond

Nick Hammond, Professor in French at Cambridge University, regularly writes reviews for "The Times Literary Supplement" and is a former member of the Birmingham Symphony Chorus under the baton of Simon Rattle. His books include "The Cambridge History of French Literature" (Cambridge University Press, 2011, as co-editor), "Gossip, Sexuality and Scandal in France 1610-1715" (Peter Lang, 2011), and "The Powers of Sound and Song in Early Modern Paris" (Penn State UP, 2019). 

Hilary Hahn: Paris

Paris Revisited in Music

March 3, 2021 | By Nick Hammond | Music

The moment music label Deutsche Grammophon announced a new album by violinist Hilary Hahn entitled Paris, I leapt at the chance to bring it to the attention of Paris Update’s readers. Don’t expect to hear a medley of string arrangements … Read More

Le Dernier Enfant

Lurching Toward Melodrama

January 13, 2021 | By Nick Hammond | Books

Philippe Besson’s new novel, Le Dernier Enfant, his 20th, bears many of the hallmarks of his most successful previous works. A few examples: His prose is concise and focuses on the inner thoughts of a few central characters. He chooses … Read More