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Michel Déon £9.99 Print 9781908313560 e-book 9781908313591 2/12/2013 FICTION B format with flaps WEL
Michel Déon is a member of the Académie française. Born in Paris in 1919, he is the author of more than fifty works. ‘He takes the world which died between the wars and patiently dissects it for us’ Le Magazine Littéraire ‘An imaginative adventure that is both captivating and moving‘ Pierre Moustiers ‘A welcome addition to the literature of the inter-war period’ Le Monde
Praise for The Foundling Boy: The childless couple take the foundling in, name him Jean, and decide to raise him as their own, though his parentage remains a mystery. Though Jean’s life is never dull, he grows up knowing little of what lies beyond his local area. Until the day he sets off on his bicycle to discover the world, and encounters a Europe on the threshold of interesting times...
It is 1919. On a summer’s night in Normandy, a new-born baby is left in a basket outside the home of Albert and Jeanne Arnaud. How long does it take to forget the smell of someone who loved you? And when do you stop loving them? When Chloé’s husband leaves her and their children for another woman, she is devastated. Unexpectedly, it’s her usually distant father-in-law who comes to Chloé’s aid, both with practical help and his personal wisdom on life and love. In this beautifully crafted novella, Anna Gavalda poignantly explores the fragility of human relationships.
Praise for Anna Gavalda: ‘Gavalda’s talent for writing and her gift for dialogue make reading her work a delight’ World Literature Today ‘Gavalda sees through ordinary appearances to people’s hidden longings… A gifted literary stylist.’ Vogue
Anna Gavalda is one of the most acclaimed authors writing in French today. Her books are published in over thirty languages.
Someone I Loved 12/8/2013
Anna Gavalda £7.99 Print 9781908313485 FICTION B Format UK & Commonwealth
On the car journey to a family wedding, Garance reflects on how adult life, with its disappointments and responsibilities, has not always gone to plan for herself or her three siblings. But just around the corner lies the chance for them to revisit their younger, carefree selves in a delightfully unplanned escapade. In this exquisitely told story, Anna Gavalda explores the themes of time passing and the highs and lows of family life with characteristic wit, warmth, and brilliant characterisation.
Praise for Breaking Away: ‘Fantastic visual portraits ... It’s like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off played out in the French sticks’ Independent ‘The vivid characters and landscapes transport you into a world you won’t want to leave. Just lovely’ Bella
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Anna Gavalda £7.99 Print 9781908313614 e-book 9781908313096 12/8/2013 FICTION B Format Europe & Commonwealth
Given the choice, Martial would not have moved to Les Conviviales. But Odette loved the idea of a brand-new retirement village in the south of France. So that was that.
French Academician and Nazi sympathiser Paul-Jean Husson writes a letter to his local SS officer in the autumn of 1942.
At first it feels like a terrible mistake: they’re the only residents and it’s raining non-stop. Then three neighbours arrive, the sun comes out, and life becomes far more interesting and agreeable. Until, that is, some gypsies set up camp just outside their gated community…
Tormented by an illicit passion for Ilse, his German daughter-in-law, Husson has taken a decision that will devastate several lives, including his own. The letter is intended to explain his actions. It is a dramatic, sometimes harrowing, story that begins in the years leading up to the war, when following the accidental drowning of his daughter, Husson’s previously gilded life begins to unravel. And through Husson’s confession, Romain Slocombe gives the reader a startling picture of a man’s journey: from pillar of the French Establishment and World War One hero, to outspoken supporter of Nazi ideology and the Vichy government.
Praise for Pascal Garnier: ‘Combines a sense of the surreal with a ruthless wit.’ Observer ‘A brilliant exercise in grim and gripping irony’ Sunday Telegraph ‘Precise, limpid prose’ Independent
Pascal Garnier was a leading figure in contemporary French literature, in the tradition of Georges Simenon. He lived in a small village in the Ardèche. He died in March 2010.
Praise for Monsieur le Commandant: ‘Probably one of the most significant novels of this year’ L’Express ‘The novel is, in a unique way, a powerful piece of Resistance literature.’ LaVie
Romain Slocombe is a writer, director, translator, illustrator, cartoonist and photographer. He was born in Paris in 1953.
Moon in a dead eye
Pascal Garnier 12/8/2013
Print 9781908313492 B Format WEL
The Marquis de Montespan and his new wife, Athénaïs, are a true love-match – a rarity amongst the nobility of seventeenth-century France. But love is not enough to maintain their hedonistic lifestyle. When Madame de Montespan is offered the chance to become lady-in-waiting to the Queen at Versailles, she seizes this opportunity to turn their fortunes round. Too late, Montespan discovers that his ravishing wife has caught the eye of King Louis XIV. As everyone congratulates him on his new status of cuckold by royal appointment, the Marquis is broken-hearted. He vows to wreak revenge on the monarch and win back his adored Marquise.
Praise for Jean Teulé: ‘Bawdy romp one minute, a gruesome tragedy the next. The writing is beautiful, witty, grisly and moving.’ Sunday Telegraph ‘If you liked The Other Boleyn Girl then this book is certainly one to adore.’ Female First ‘Teulé effortlessly paints a vivid and detailed picture of life in 17th century France.’ Edinburgh Evening News ‘This wonderful romp through the ballrooms and bedrooms of Louis XIV’s Paris is a real treat.’ Bella ‘Satisfyingly excessive and bawdy’ History Today
Jean Teulé lives in the Marais with the actress Miou-Miou. An illustrator, filmmaker and television presenter, he is also a prize-winning author.
The Hurlyburly’s Husband
Jean TeulÉ £8.99 15/10/2013 FICTION
Print 9781906040659 B Format WEL
Monsieur Le Commandant
Romain Slocombe £8.99 Print 9781908313508 FICTION B Format WEL 16/9/2013
The photograph has fixed the three figures forever, two men and a woman bathed in bright sunshine. Parisian archivist Hélène takes out a newspaper advert calling for information about her mother, who died when she was three, and the two men pictured with her in a photograph taken at a tennis tournament at Interlaken in 1971. Stéphane, a Swiss biologist living in Kent, responds: his father is one of the people in the photo. More letters and more photos pass between them as they embark on a journey to uncover the truth their parents kept from them. But will the images and documents from the past fill the silences left by the players? Winner of fifteen literary awards, this dark yet touching drama deftly explores the themes of blame and forgiveness, identity and love.
Praise for The People in the Photo: ‘Every note of the characters’ correspondence rings true’ Le Nouvel Observateur ‘A page-turning novel with a skilfully woven plot’ Page des Libraires ‘Rich in deftly turned prose and subtle character study’ Sud-Ouest ‘A wonderful book about the archaeology of memory’ Le Magazine Littéraire ‘Elegant, restrained and poetic’ France Inter
Hélène Gestern lives and works in Nancy. The People in the Photo is her first novel.
The People in the Photo
Hélène Gestern £8.99 17/2/2014 FICTION
Print 9781908313546 B Format WEL