One of the many things I love about publishing a book is the subsequent trip it takes you on, as if the book itself begins to write its own story. All sorts of wonderful things happen such as my waking up one morning this week to receive this amazing message: "Thank you for sharing your experiences. This is a valuable piece of literature for us piano technicians." These comments came from an American piano tuner who is currently reviewing my book for the Piano Technicians Journal.
In France, the 21st June is National Music Day (Fete de la Musique) and, to celebrate it, I shall be playing jazz and giving a talk on my book in WH Smiths of Paris, located just near the majestic Place de la Concorde. When first I moved to Paris, some thirty years ago, this shop was my regular source of English books and newspapers. Never in a million years, though, would I have thought, back then, that one day I might actually find myself presenting my own book there! But as I said, publishing a book seems to be but the mere beginning of one truly exciting trip and book presentations are all part of it!!
On 23rd November, I shall be giving a talk on my book and bringing some of the scenes to life on the piano at the Nantwich bookshop in the town where I grew up. It's really quite amazing to be going back there in my capacity as an author!
Hello? Taxi tales from Paris; isn't this a tad remote; thought I? How wrong I was. Nicky Gentil weaves a beautiful picture of humanity in the raw. She draws the reader into her tales; which portray all of life's foibles and absurdities.
This is a very poignant and emotional book; mixed with a generous dose of joy and wonder. There are tales with a Psychology twist, (English and French). A travelogue; a witty update on previous encounters; and an all-round tour through the very essence of Paris; through the eyes of a newbie who came to stay.
Now I am eager for book 3 and I really really need to hear her play some Jazz.........................................
by Paul Jenkins
Nicky Gentil (nee Jenkins) is a British national who has lived in Paris since 1988 where she began her career as a translator shortly after obtaining her degree in French and German from Oxford University. Upon reaching her mid-forties she took up jazz improvisation, initially just for fun, but soon discovered a true passion for it.
She first wrote this book, which documents her somewhat unusual, unexpected, journey with music, in French and it was published in March 2016 under the title "La jazz-girl passionnee et son devoue accordeur" (Editions Beaurepaire).
A married mother of two, today in addition to her writing and translation work she performs piano jazz in public whenever she can.