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Welcome to April –December 2011

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Welcome to our catalogue for the second half of 2011, which brings yet more highlights of French writing from Gallic. We are thrilled to be publishing the latest best-selling work by one of France’s most celebrated and respected authors, Anna Gavalda. Breaking Away is classic Gavalda: a charming and true reflection on family and the passage of time. We continue to build our popular historical crime series with the latest Victor Legris mystery from Claude Izner, Strangled in Paris. And with Eat Him if You Like, Jean Teulé offers us a characteristically outrageous retelling of a horrific incident which

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actually took place in 19th century rural France. Teulé’s magnificent Monsieur Montespan, published earlier this year, is already growing into a major word-ofmouth success. This book is also now available in ebook format, along with other Gallic titles, including those by Jean-François Parot and François Lelord.

CONTENTS N e w titl e s April to December. . . . . . Pages 4–13 B ac k li s t . . . . . . . . . . Page 14-15


G u i l l a u m e M u sso Where Would I Be Without You? Sometimes, a second chance can come out of nowhere…

Over 1 million copies sold worldwide.

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Translated by Anna Brown and Anna Aitken Once, in San Francisco, Gabrielle and Martin loved each other - just for a few short days, but they knew it was the real thing. And then Martin had to return to Paris. Now, ten years later, he’s a successful cop in a frantic race against time to catch the world’s greatest art thief, Archibald Maclean. The trail is leading him back to San Francisco, and the chance to rediscover his one true love. But what’s become of Gabrielle since they last met? Will she want to see him after all this time? As an extraordinary sequence of events unfolds, Martin must face his demons on a journey to the edge of love and life itself. “A non-stop thriller, a romance, a hair-raising fantasy but one which is also very readable.” Le Figaro Littéraire “A pulsating read which features romance, thriller and fantasy.” Metro

April 2011 | 9781906040345 B Format | £7.99 | fiction | 352pp XO Éditions | Europe & Commonwealth

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I had two ambitions when starting to write Where Would I Be Without You? Firstly, I wanted to tell a story that would inspire readers, with characters who looked to the future and who tried hard to make something of themselves instead of giving up to destiny or fate. Secondly, I wanted to include something about my passion for paintings and sculptures as there are some works of art which mean as much to me as books. These were my two points of reference for the moment when Archibald, the art thief, and Martin, the flic, come face-toface. I also have a soft spot for Gabrielle, the main character in the book: a young woman abandoned by two men who meant so much to her; she’s torn apart emotionally only for them to reappear when she has nearly given up. I wanted Where Would I Be Without You to be an optimistic book.

Guillaume Musso is one of the most popular authors in France today. He was born in 1974 in Antibes where he still lives. At the age of 19, after finishing high school in France, Guillaume Musso left for the United States. He spent several months living in New York earning his money by selling ice cream. To date he has had seven novels published. His novel, Afterwards (XO Editions, 2004) has been made into a film starring John Malkovich.

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Ann a G a v a l d a B r e a k i ng a w a y Classic Gavalda

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Translated by Alison Anderson 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. A touching, funny and insightful story about lives and sibling relationships. ‘The book is beautiful and easy-to-read, a delectable escapade: funny, sometimes tender and poetic, dynamic. A few hours of timeless delight.’ Elle ‘This book is a little jewel, a bitter-sweet treat in homage of the bonds that unite brothers and sisters.’ RTL ‘In a few intense pages Gavalda offers lightness, facetiousness, tenderness, all the things so lacking in today’s world.’ L’Independant ‘This escapade of four rascals in their thirties is a delight. Sharp and tangy.’ Marie France

July 2011 | 978-1-9060-4040-6 hardback | £6.99 | fiction | 160pp le dilettante | Europe & Commonwealth

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Anna Gavalda is one of the most acclaimed authors writing in French today. Her books are published in over 30 languages and include: I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere, Someone I Loved, Hunting and Gathering and Consolation.


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hadn’t even sat down yet, one buttock still hovering, my hand on the car door, and already my sister-in-law was on the attack: “At last! Didn’t you hear the horn? We’ve been waiting here for ten minutes!” “Good morning,” I replied. My brother turned around. A little wink. “You okay, sweetheart?” “I’m good.” “You want me to put your things in the boot?” “No, thanks. All I have is this little bag, and my dress . . . I’ll stick it on the back shelf.” “Is that your dress?” she asked, raising an eyebrow at the ball of chiffon on my lap. “Yes.” “What . . . what is it?” “A sari.” “I see . . . ” “No, you don’t see,” I corrected her gently, “you’ll see when I put it on.” Was that a frown? “Can we get going?” asked my brother. “Yes. I mean, no . . . Can you stop off at the corner shop, there’s something I need to get . . . ” My sister-in-law sighed. “Now what do you need?” “Some depilatory cream.” “And you get that at the corner shop?” “Oh, I get everything from Rashid! Absolutely everything!” She didn’t believe me. “All set, now? Can we go?” “Yes.” “Aren’t you going to fasten your seatbelt?” “No.” “Why not?” “Claustrophobia,” I replied. And before she could start on her refrain about failed skin grafts and the horrors of NHS hospitals, I added, “Besides, I want to sleep a little. I’m exhausted.” My brother smiled. “Have you just got up?” “I never went to bed,” I explained, yawning. Which was a patent lie, of course. I slept for a few hours. But I said it to annoy my sister-in-law. And I was right on target, bingo. That’s what I like about her: I’m always right on target.

“Where were you this time?” she asked predictably, rolling her eyes to the sky. “At home.” “You threw a party?” “No, I was playing cards.” “Playing cards?!” “Yes. Poker.” She shook her head. Not too hard, though. Wouldn’t want to mess up the blow-dry. “How much did you lose?” asked my brother, amused. “Nothing. This time I won.” Deafening silence. “Might we ask how much?” she relented, adjusting her designer sunglasses. “Three thousand.” “Three thousand! Three thousand what?” “Well . . . Euros,” I said, acting naïve, “rubles wouldn’t be much use, now, would they . . . ” I chuckled as I curled up. I had just given my little Carine something to chew over for the rest of the trip. I could hear the cogs turning in her brain: Three thousand Euros . . . click click click click . . . How many dry shampoos and aspirin tablets would she have to sell to earn three thousand Euros? . . . click click click click . . . Not to mention employee benefits, and business tax, and local taxes, and her lease, subtract the VAT . . . How many times did she have to put on her white coat to earn three thousand Euros, net? And the Social Security . . . add eight, take away two . . . and paid holiday . . . makes ten, multiply by three . . . click click click . . . Yes. I was chuckling. Lulled by the purr of their saloon car, my nose buried in the crook of my arm, legs tucked up under my chin, I was pretty proud of myself, because my sister-inlaw, she’s a piece of work. My sister-in-law Carine studied pharmacy, but she’d rather you said medicine, so she’s a pharmacist, and she has a chemist shop, but she’d rather you said pharmacy. She likes to complain about her bookkeeping just when it’s time for dessert, and she wears a surgeon’s blouse buttoned up to her chin with a thermal adhesive label where her name is stitched between two blue medical logos. These days she sells mostly firming creams for buttocks and carotene capsules because that’s what brings in the most cash; she likes to say that she has “optimised the potential of her health and beauty section.” My sister-in-law Carine is fairly predictable. {7}


A r m a n d C a b a sson T h e N a p o l eon i c M u r d e r s REissue

June 1812. Napoleon begins his invasion of Russia leading the largest army Europe has ever seen. But amongst the troops of the Grande Armée is a savage murderer whose bloodlust is not satisfied in battle. When an innocent Polish woman is brutally stabbed, Captain Quentin Margont of the 84th regiment is put in charge of a secret investigation to unmask the perpetrator. Armed with the sole fact that the killer is an officer, Margont knows that he faces a near-impossible task and the greatest challenge of his military career.

In1809, the forces of Napoleon’s Grande Armée are in Austria. For young Lieutenant Lukas Relmyer, it is hard to return to the place where he and fellow orphan, Franz, were kidnapped four years previously. Franz was brutally murdered and Lukas has vowed to avenge his death. When the body of another orphan is found on the battlefield, Captain Quentin Margont and Lukas join forces to track down the wolf that is prowling once more in the forests of Aspern...

March 1814. With the allied armies of Russia, Austria and Prussia advancing, Paris is in real danger of falling to occupying forces for the first time in 400 years.

But at a moment when all efforts should be directed towards the defence of the city, Joseph Bonaparte is concerned with the murder of a retired colonel, and orders Lieutenant Colonel Quentin Margont to conduct a secret June 2011 | 9781906040833 | B Format investigation into his death. £7.99 | historical thriller | 352pp Univers Poche | UK/CM/E

June 2011 | 9781906040826 B Format | £7.99 | historical thriller 432pp | Robert Laffont | WEL

P r a i se f o r T h e N a p o l eon i c M u r d e r s : ‘Cabasson skilfully weaves an intriguing mystery into a rich historical background’ Mail on Sunday ‘With vivid scenes of battle and military life...Cabasson’s atmospheric novel makes a splendid war epic...’ Sunday Telegraph ‘Enthralling’ Morning Star

“The Tsar had long dreamt of taking Paris in revenge for Moscow…”

Once again Armand Cabasson marries his phenomenal knowledge of the Napoleonic period with his psychiatric expertise to create a gripping and totally convincing narrative. June 2011 | 9781906040840 | B Format £7.99 | historical thriller | 352pp Univers Poche | UK/CM/E


Armand Cabasson is a prize-winning author and psychiatrist who lives in the north of France. He is a member of the French Napoleonic Society and has used his extensive research to create a vivid portrait of the Napoleonic campaigns.

A r m a n d C a b a sson i nte r v i ewe d by S cott Pa c k SP: Would you care to tell the readers a little bit about Quentin Margont? Who is he and what makes him tick? AC: Quentin Margont is a young officer in the Great Army (La Grande Armée). He is a republican who strongly believes in the values of the Revolution, in particular the principle of freedom. With all those wars going on in Europe, he believes Napoleon is the only person in France who is strong enough to be victorious, and thus to avoid the restoration of the French king, Louis XVIII. But the more Napoleon beats his enemies, the more powerful he becomes and the more he turns into an emperor (just a king by another name) … This causes everyone who thinks like Margont to have a crisis of values. Margont is also a humanist – he wants to become a journalist to help change the world (… whereas Napoleon has greatly reduced the number of newspapers and makes sure that the few that are left always bolster his position). Because of his capabilities, Margont is regularly asked to investigate murders or plots secretly, when the high-ranking officers of the Great Army want to avoid an official investigation. SP: I am intrigued as to how you construct your novels. Do you start with the historical facts, the details of the military campaign and battles, and then work the murder mystery into that background? Is the crime itself your starting point? Or do you have another method entirely? AC: It can be any of these depending on the book.

For Wolf Hunt the approach was psychological - I wanted to address the question of trauma (what we call today PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). In this novel, Margont makes friends with Relmyer, someone who has been kidnapped by a killer when he was a teen, managed to escape and over the years has changed himself into a crack warrior (a hussar of the Great Army, a master swordsman …). Both are going to hunt the killer, that is the wolf hunt … And the story is also linked with the Austrian Campaign of 1809 (the second novel of the serial is a flashback, because the first takes place in 1812). For Memory of Flames, the idea of the novel started with the crime plot: in 1814, in Paris (the fascinating Paris of the Napoleonic period) Margont must infiltrate a royalist group that is planning a master strike… But in this novel too the historical and epic part is present, for the European armies are marching on Paris… SP: Finally, would you recommend a favourite book for your readers to investigate further. What would be your choice? AC: The Memoirs of General Baron de Marbot, a famous officer of this period who wrote his memoirs (alas, he sometimes lies in order to support Napoleon’s propaganda, for example when he says that he saw with his own eyes thousands and thousands of Russian soldiers drowning at the end of the battle of Austerlitz, whereas we know today that this is a myth, that those thousands were closer to one hundred…).

In The Officer’s Prey I wanted to draw the reader into the incredible Russian Campaign: the endless marching, the Cossacks’ attacks, the battle of The Moscova (or Borodino), the burning of Moscow, the retreat in the snow (in minus 40 degree conditions …), the battle of Berezina… {9}


C l a u d e I z ne r S t r a ng l e d i n Pa r i s The sixth Victor Legris Mystery

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Translated by Dr Jennifer Higgins Why would anyone strangle a humble seamstress with no known enemies? When newly-married bookseller Victor Legris is asked to solve the murder of Louise Fontaine in the abattoir district of La Villette, he is initially baffled by the case. But as the investigation progresses, Victor, along with his assistant and brother-in-law Joseph, discovers that in belle-époque Paris young girls with no money or background are as ruthlessly preyed on as ever they were … Praise for Claude Izner: ‘Witty and creepy’ Independent on Sunday ‘Cracking’ Guardian ‘Full of pungent period detail’ Observer

August 2011 | 978-1-906040-37-6 B Format | £7.99 | fiction 352pp | Univers Poche | UK/CM/E

Claude Izner is the pseudonym of two sisters, both booksellers on the banks of the Seine in Paris. Prolific authors in France for children and adults, they are also experts in 19th century art and literature.

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The first Victor Legris Mystery 9781906040017

The fourth Victor Legris Mystery 9781906040147

The second Victor Legris Mystery 9781906040048

The third Victor Legris Mystery 9781906040055

The fifth Victor Legris Mystery 9781906040253

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Jean Teulé E at H i m I f Y o u L i k e A true story

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Translated by Emily Phillips Tuesday 16th August 1870. Alain de Monéys, makes his way to the village fair. He plans to buy a heifer for a needy neighbour and find a roofer to repair the barn of a poor acquaintance. He arrives at two o’clock. Two hours later, the crowd has gone crazy; they have lynched, tortured, burned and eaten him. How could such a horror be possible? With frightening precision, Jean Teulé reconstructs each step of one of the most shameful stories in the history of nineteenth-century France. Jean Teulé is an illustrator, filmmaker and television presenter, and the prize -winning author of twelve best-selling novels.

September 2011 | 978-1-9060-4039-0 A format paperback | £6.99 | historical fiction | 144pp | Robert Laffont | WEL

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M a x i m e C h atta m C a r n a ge Death in the school corridor

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Translated by Isabel Reid When a massacre takes place in a Harlem school, Lamar, A New York detective for twelve years, is called to the scene. A seventeen-year-old student, has shot everyone in his path before shooting himself. Having collected all the evidence, Lamar reconstructs the blood-soaked morning of the killer. Ten days later, a second massacre occurs at a school in Queens. Once more, a student kills multiple victims before turning the gun on himself. A third massacre follows. Three sets of killings in three weeks, all strangely similar with the perpetrators committing suicide. It can’t just be a coincidence… Maxime Chattam was born in 1976 in Val-d’Oise. He studied criminology and is the author of many best-selling thrillers. His first thriller, The Fifth Reign, published under the pseudonym Maxime Williams, won the Fantasy Novel award at the Gerardmer literary festival. He has also won the prestigious Sang d’Encre award for The Soul of Evil.

October 2011 | 978-1-9060-4041-3 A format paperback | £6.99 | crime 128pp | Univers Poche | WEL

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BACKLIST

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The Gourmet

Hector and the Search for Happiness

9781906040185

9781906040314

9781906040239

Hector and the Secrets of Love

The Chatelet Apprentice

The Man with the Lead Stomach

9781906040338

9781906040062

9781906040123

The Phantom of Rue Royale

The Nicolas Le Floch Affair

The Saint Florentin Murders

9781906040154

9781906040222

9781906040246

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BACKLIST

The Season of the Beast

The Breath of the Rose

The Divine Blood

9781906040109

9781906040215

9781906040192

Monsieur Montespan

The Suicide Shop

The Baker Street Phantom

9781906040307

9781906040093

9781906040284

The Sun King Rises

Checkout: A Life on the Till

Clisson & EugĂŠnie

9781906040024

9781906040291

9781906040277

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