‘A beguiling series of vignettes, by turns wry, amusing and disturbing, inspired by self-portraits by women artists and reflecting on the images they provoke. An illuminating survey of the author's various identities, in a fractured world, as mother, lover and writer.’ – Michèle Roberts

‘A new genre is born: the short selfie collection! Lively, inventive, compassionate, aching, morally complex and troubling, I loved these self-portraits more than anything I’ve read lately.’ – Lauren Elkin

'In Selfies Sylvie Weil uses a work of an artist to set the theme for a snapshot of a past episode in her life. These selfies are exquisite vignettes - intelligent, witty, observant, sometimes poignant, and beautifully written - the elegance of the original French apparent in this fine English translation.' – Piers Paul Read

'If yesteryear's painted self-portraits were as concerned with pose and presentation as are today's phone selfies, Sylvie Weil is the ideal analyst of what may lie behind the image. In a sequence of transpositions of the work of women portraitists from the Renaissance onwards, she applies their appearance to her experience, and implies a continuity in women's self-presentation. Like them, Sylvie Weil has an illustrious heritage (daughter to André a brilliant and renowned mathematician; niece to Simone, a brilliant and renowned philosopher). Unlike them, she moves from the visual to the verbal, expressive of both profound truth and imagination.' – Amanda Hopkinson


Selfies Book Review, Josh Rees, Buzz, 16 July 2019
A novel form of memoir’, Paul Burke, NB Magazine, 3 July 2019
Selfies, Paul Fulcher, Good Reads, 21 June 2019
The art of the self-portrait, Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings, 20 June 2019
Exquisite self-portraits in a digital age: Sylvie Weil, Selfies, Helen Vassallo, Translating Women, 17 June 2019
Sylvie Weil has borrowed from new habits to create an unusual genre: the literary selfie, Zorosko Rosko Vacuum Player, 23 May 2019