Belle & Sebastian’s name inspiration dies

Children’s author Cécile Aubry succumbs to lung cancer

The writer of the children’s book and cult French television series Belle et Sébastien has died age 81.

The Scottish indie group Belle & Sebastian took their name from the book and show.

About a boy who lives in the mountains with his pet dog, the popular book was adapted by [b]Cécile Aubry into a black and white television series in 1965, starring Aubry’s son Mehdi El Glaoui.

A dubbed version was broadcast by the BBC in the late ’60s and the original run of episodes was followed by two further series, which were filmed in colour.

Before embarking on a career as a children’s writer, Aubry was an actress, starring alongside Orson Welles in 1950’s The Black Rose, reports The Guardian.