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Readers' Room

Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Gallic Books, London, United Kingdom
Published: 22nd Sep 2020
Dimensions: w 135mm h 216mm
ISBN-10: 1910477974
ISBN-13: 9781910477977
Barcode No: 9781910477977
Synopsis
'The plot blends mystery with comedy to great effect'- Daily Mail 'A profound love of books and authors underpins this sprightly mystery' - Publishers Weekly 'A quirky, clever mystery with a unique plot' - Candis 'Another winner for Laurain' - European Literature Network When the manuscript of a debut crime novel arrives at a Parisian publishing house, everyone in the readers' room is convinced it's something special. And the committee for France's highest literary honour, the Prix Goncourt, agrees. But when the shortlist is announced, there's a problem for editor Violaine Lepage: she has no idea of the author's identity. As the police begin to investigate a series of murders strangely reminiscent of those recounted in the book, Violaine is not the only one looking for answers. And, suffering memory blanks following an aeroplane accident, she's beginning to wonder what role she might play in the story ... Antoine Laurain, bestselling author of The Red Notebook, combines intrigue and charm in this dazzling novel of mystery, love and the power of books.

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Praise for Antoine Laurain:


'A profound love of books and authors underpins this sprightly mystery' - Publishers Weekly


'The Reader's Room is a genuine masterpiece of literary mystery.' - Mystery Scene Magazine


'Replete with treats for bibliophiles and armchair vigilantes alike, The Readers' Room is an engrossing mystery novel that plumbs the writing process for its most dangerous potential.' - Foreword Reviews


'Witty and perceptive ... readers will want to see more of Laurain' - Publishers' Weekly


'Clever, funny ... a masterpiece of Parisian perfection' Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall


'The very quintessence of French romance' The Times


'A hymn to la vie Parisienne... enjoy it for its fabulistic narrative, and the way it teeters pleasantly on the edge of Gallic whimsy' The Guardian


'A short, beautifully written evocation of Paris' Financial Times


'Like finding a gem among the bric-a-brac in a local brocante' The Telegraph


'Soaked in Parisian atmosphere, this lovely, clever, funny novel will have you rushing to the Eurostar post-haste... A gem' Daily Mail


'Delightfully nostalgic escapism' Sunday Mirror


'Tender and charming ... with characteristic Gallic flair' Foreword Reviews


'Guaranteed fun' Publishers Weekly


'A real tonic for the soul' NB


'Like fine wine, Laurain's novels get better with each one he writes' Phaedra Patrick, author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper


'As inventive and perceptive as you could wish for' Max Easterman, European Literature Network


'Warm-hearted and witty ... both effortlessly readable and charmingly profound' CultureFly


'Someone can always come along and make our world a lot more perfect than before. One such is M Laurain himself, for he really is most readable, warm-hearted and enjoyable' The Book Bag