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Luke Jennings is the author of the memoir Blood Knots, short-listed for the Samuel Johnson and William Hill prizes, and of several novels, including the Booker Prize-nominated Atlantic. His previous book Codename Villanelle is the basis for BBC America’s new TV series Killing Eve starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer.As a journalist he has written for The Observer, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker and Time.
About the Killing Eve Books by Luke Jennings
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Next to writing, research is my true love. When I stand in the spaces I want my characters to inhabit, I can feel them and see them and bring their lives and their stories out of my imagination and into the structure of words and sentences.
The Hotel Scribe, Paris
To research The Paris Orphan, I started in Paris at the Hotel Scribe, where Lee Miller stayed during World War II and where Jessica May, my character, also stays. The hotel was used by the U.S. Army as the press office, and the hotel’s exterior is largely unchanged from that time.
Staying in the hotel for several nights allowed me to picture more vividly the scenes in my story set there, to see where Miller’s room was, and the view from her balcony. The hotel is very proud of its association with Miller.
A Chateau in the Champagne Region
From there I had the very difficult(!) job of staying in a chateau just outside Reims in France’s Champagne region, just as D’Arcy does in The Paris Orphan. How I suffer for my art!
It was a wonderful experience because I was able to wallow in the richness and lushness of the area. The extraordinarily bright pumpkins that D’Arcy sees from her window are the pumpkins I saw from my room at the chateau, as is the canal, the maze, the plane trees, the potager—or vegetable garden—and the butterflies. From inside the chateau, the black-and-white-tiled marble floor, the salon de grisailles, the boiserie, and the turret all came from the chateau I stayed at.
Crazy Trees—Les Faux de Verzy
I had heard about Les Faux de Verzy, the dwarf twisted beech trees that feature in The Paris Orphan, before I left for France. I was determined to see them, as they captured my imagination. When I told my kids we were going to spend the afternoon walking through a forest in search of crazy trees, they looked at me as if I was the one who was crazy!
But we had the perfect day. It was a little overcast and dark, haunting, mystical, magical even. We found the trees, and they were like something from myth. We all felt as if we were walking through an enchanted forest. As we left, my kids said to me that doing weird research things with Mummy always ended up being really fun! There was no way I could leave those spectacular trees out of the book.
On to Normandy
I then traveled to Normandy, which was a sobering experience. Standing on Omaha Beach, as Jess does in the book, deeply affected me. The beach is so very wide, and I could see the difficulty that any soldier would have had, jumping out of a vessel on the water, traversing through waves to the ocean’s edge, and then having to forge a way across that vast stretch of sand to safety. Almost impossible. I could feel how Jess might feel, standing there, seventy-odd years ago, a witness to the immense and terrible destruction of human life.
I visited the American Cemetery there, and then drove to Sainte-Mère Église, where there is a museum dedicated to the paratroopers. I knew little about the intricacies of battles and battalions, so seeing a mannequin dressed in a paratrooper’s uniform, plus all of the eighty kilograms of equipment they carried, and studying the maps of their campaigns and victories was hugely helpful in allowing me to better understand Dan Hallworth and what he might have faced.
In the museums of Normandy, I saw a lot of the equipment used by the soldiers and the personal items carried by them, which helped me to recreate life as it could have been: everything from U.S. Army jeeps and tanks, to long-tom guns, packs of Lucky Strikes, ration chocolate, Scott paper, and tins of Marathon foot powder—all of which appear in the book.
I was also able to see the accreditation papers, passport, uniforms, telegrams, diary, and war correspondent badge of Virginia Irwin, one of the female correspondents, at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, England. These were all items Jess would have required, so it was wonderful to view them.
And then it was time to leave Europe and to try to write down the story that was occupying all of my thoughts. It’s my favorite of all of my books. I truly hope you enjoy reading The Paris Orphan as much as I enjoyed writing it. Thank you.
For photographs and more, visit my blog on natashalester.com.au.
The video in which American journalist James Foley appeared to be beheaded by the terrorist organization ISIS was quickly taken down by YouTube because of its violent content, but some people managed to see it before it was taken down or elsewhere on the Internet to form their own opinions about the authenticity of the video. The video begins with a clip of President Obama telling the nation why airstrikes were needed in Iraq. The professionally edited video, complete with scene and transition effects and two different camera angles, cuts to a man, presumably James Foley, wearing an orange jumpsuit and kneeling next to a man wearing black military-style clothing. The men are in the desert, and James Foley appears to have his hands restrained behind his back. He also has a microphone clipped onto his shirt. James Foley appears next to an unidentified militant in the graphic video. Foley's name appears in the video in English and Arabic while he speaks. It sounds as though he is reading a script written for him. Foley is stoic and is unflinching, seeming to even straighten his head up and expose his neck. Foley's captor speaks afterward and brandishes a silver knife while speaking to the camera. The captor sounds as though he has a British accent. The next scene cuts in, and the captor walks toward James Foley from behind. James does not appear to have much emotion up until or at this point. The militant grabs James by the head and pulls him back and appears to begin the beheading process, and the camera fades to black. The next scene is a still picture of a body, seemingly , with his head resting on the back of the body. The end of the video features another man identified as American journalist Steven Sotloff. A militant warns that he will be the next to be killed, and his fate rests in Obama's hands. According to the Associated Press, two U.S. officials claimed that the beheading victim in the video is James Foley, and one U.S. official claimed that . All officials spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to discuss the murder. However, some Reddit users point out some disturbing features in the video that caused them to doubt the video's authenticity. One Reddit user, tacoram, felt that and wanted others' opinions on the video. Reddit user digitom responded with a graphic description of the beheading:"The knife slices back and forth 7 times before the fade out. No blood. No spraying. It's also extremely odd they fade to black. Why the hell would they do that? After hitting the carotid artery blood should have been spraying for a good couple of heart pumps. Can't really prove it either way. Still very strange."Redditor Ribtickler98 agreed that the video was disturbing in more ways than one."I'm keeping an open mind but it really seems against what terrorist beheading videos usually are. I feel like they always want to show you the actually [sic] beheading rather than cut away from it...Also, this seems a little over produced and the fact that the ending frame of the video is a picture of this guy, rahter than a video does not sit right with me. I don't know, all of reddit is now in bloodthirst war mode and I think it's a little too convenient. America is out for blood. I'm going to keep an eye on this situation."However, other Reddit users suggested reasons for the way James Foley seemed to react calmly and without much emotion. Teslak gave insight to why James Foley may have appeared unemotional at the time of his death."He's been captive since 2012 and has probably been through a number of mock executions, repetitions of this one with varying messages being 'recorded'. Only this time it was for real. At this point his will to fight have effectively been broken, there's only so much torture you can endure (even with special training) before you break. A man is just a man, after all."Redditor CB_the_cuttlefish believed that James did show some emotion and the look on his face was "wretched" before he was killed. This user gave another reason for the actual beheading edited out of the final video product."I don't know why they faded to black when his head actually came off. Although I have seen them blur out gory parts of dead bodies in the propaganda videos they make. They probably want people to focus more on the speech than the gore. They are probably aware that a lot of people who hate what ISIS stands for only watch the videos because they like gore and death. I think it is real. I don't think they could logically pull of a hoax of that magnitude."While many hope that the video is indeed fake and that the journalist could be alive, James Foley's family, friends, and colleagues are in deep mourning in the belief that he has lost his life. [Image via ]