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After getting off to a false start in Provence, Lawrence finds a goodly measure of success in Paris. While his mother lives in a tiny attic "among the pigeons" on the Left Bank, Lawrence stays in a nearby hotel, where he befriends the two night porters who are political refugees from Chile and Brazil, and eats in the "fixed price" bistros of the Latin Quarter. His old friends, Yves the novelist and Emil the "black" American photographer reappear, and although both have fallen on hard times, each has touching tales to tell of what they've done in the intervening decades... Meanwhile, back in Provence, Lawrence's ambiguous relationship with Séraphine, the silk screen artist who took him in when he was almost "down and out", forces him to see the much older and even more ambiguous relationship with his mother in a glaring new light. In Paris, Lawrence befriends Monique, a "self-made woman" through whose gift shop on the Rue Mouffetard he sells his postcards and, also. the T-shirts which Séraphine prints with his drawings of Paris, and ends up staying in her flat, on a "platonic basis" of which Monique is not too fond... Lawrence's existential journey reaches a devastating but long overdue climax when he rebelliously defies his mother's wishes and, without consulting her on the matter, catches a night train to Madrid to visit his old flame Rosa. Upon his return to Paris, the increasingly fragile edifice on which his happiness reposes begins to crumble, and soon Lawrence flees south to Spain and, at the age of 41, the challenge of "life after mother".Lawrence was educated at the University of Madrid and the Sorbonne, "but most of all in the cities and streets of the Western World, northern and southern hemispheres, which I felt I had to discover first hand before sitting down to write, about my adventures and myself". A retired translator and interpreter, he now lives in southern France where he has just published an historical and artistic guide entitled "Old Nice's Changing Heart".