For most of Francois Mitterrand's career, there was a gentleman's agreement among the French media that a politician's private life should not be splashed across the front pages.
And so Mitterrand's private life was kept quiet for most of his career - but he had two families and Philip Short, the author of this biography, has spoken both to his wife and his mistress.
Read by Henry Goodman
Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall
A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.