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Behind Les Misérables – Victor Hugo’s Life in Guernsey

A television adaptation of Victor Hugo’s epic novel Les Misérables is set to air on the BBC over the New Year. The six-part series directed by Tom Shankland and starring Dominic West, David Oyelowo and Lily Collins will premiere on 30th December, airing weekly on Sundays.

The Gardens of Hauteville House

Upon visiting Guernsey, it is hard to ignore the influence that former resident Victor Hugo had upon the island. Statues and monuments are dedicated to his life and works, and his fascinating house in Hauteville is one of the island’s most popular attractions.

However, many do not know that he wrote one of his most famous works, Les Misérables, during his exile in Guernsey.

Hauteville House Interior

The novel, which explores the redemption of a former convict in the years leading up to the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris, was penned in Hugo’s impressive glass writing room atop his St Peter Port residence.

For fans of Les Misérables, or his other classic works including The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Toilers of the Sea, a trip to Hauteville House is simply unmissable when staying in Guernsey. Discover Hugo’s extravagant and imaginative tastes in home furnishing, explore his beautifully maintained gardens, and of course visit his iconic writing room.

The house has been undergoing renovations during 2018 and is set to reopen to the public during the spring of 2019. (Edit - the house is now open following the renovation work)

Want to discover the destination that inspired several of Victor Hugo’s famous works? Book your trip to Guernsey today!

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