It is 1955 and a fifteen-year-old girl, seeking adventure, escapes the greyness of postwar London for the cobbles, sunshine, and romance of an ancient Catalan city. When she falls in love with the place, she also falls for its charismatic leader.
As the years pass and the girl becomes a woman and returns again and again to Girona and to her lover, the enigmatic José Tarres. She meets captivating characters and hears about visions, a strangely wealthy priest, a fabulous garden owned by a French woman... Cast as the detective in her own story, she finds herself caught up in a world she barely knew existed.
The wealthy priest was none other than the Abbé Saunière of Rennes-le-Château, and the mysteries surrounding him are at the very heart of the modern Grail legend—the stuff of bestselling novels and movies, historical analyses, and esoteric intrigues. The people she has known for many years, including José, belong to a secret society that guards Saunière’s legacy. Now they ask her to be their messenger. It is time, they say, to present some of their closely guarded secrets to the world. The astonishing result is City of Secrets.
Patrice Chaplin’s modern classic is a page-turning, true-life adventure, rich with photographs, remarkable letters, and antique documents. This new edition features an afterword in which Patrice reviews the impact of the book’s publication on her life and on Girona and its mysteries.
Patrice Chaplin is an internationally renowned playwright and author who has published more than two dozen books. Her most notable works include Albany Park, Siesta (which was made into a film starring Jodi Foster and Isabella Rossellini), Into the Darkness Laughing, Hidden Star, Night Fishing and Death Trap. Her stage play From the Balcony was commissioned by London’s National Theatre in conjunction with Radio 3. As a bohemian in Paris during the 1950s and ’60s, Patrice spent time with Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Married to Charlie Chaplin’s son Michael and living and working in Hollywood, she was associated with Lauren Bacall, Miles Davis, Salvador Dali, Marlon Brando and Jean Cocteau, who gave her a starring role in one of his films.