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The Marquis de Montespan and his new wife, Athenais, 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..

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p><strong>&lsquo;Garnier plunges you into a bizarre, overheated world, seething death, writing, fictions and philosophy. He&rsquo;s a trippy, sleazy, sly and classy read.&rsquo; A. L. Kennedy</strong></p> <p><br />Brice and Emma had bought their new home in the countryside together. And then Emma disappeared.&nbsp;Now, as he awaits her return, Brice busies himself with DIY and walks around the village.<br />He gradually comes to know his new neighbours including Blanche, an enigmatic woman in white, who has lived on her own in the big house by the graveyard since the death of her father, to whom Brice bears a curious resemblance&hellip;</p> <p><strong>Reviews</strong><br />&lsquo;&hellip;this one will help reinforce his cult status among noir fans.&rsquo;&nbsp;<em>Publishers Weekly</em></p> <p>'It&rsquo;s dark, stomach-twisting stuff, and the mysteries surrounding Emma&rsquo;s whereabouts and Brice&rsquo;s striking visual similarity to someone in&nbsp;Blanch&rsquo;s past keep you turning the pages hungrily.&rsquo;&nbsp;<em>La Friction<br /></em></p> <p>&lsquo;Quirky and unsettling&hellip;&rsquo;&nbsp;<em>Fiction Fan&rsquo;s Book Reviews<br /></em></p> <p>&lsquo;..a horribly funny novel about bereavement: appalling and bracing in equal measure.&rsquo; John Banville</p> <p>&lsquo;I would recommend&nbsp;<em>Boxes</em>&nbsp;by Pascal Garnier to anyone who enjoys reading a mystery. Garnier adds a plot twist at the very end that will have you grabbing for another one of his books.&rsquo;&nbsp;<em>San Diego Book Review<br /></em></p> <p>&lsquo;Garnier calmly peels back the revealing layers, leaving a raw sort of horror all the more devastating for its believable simplicity.&rsquo;<em>The Complete Review<br /></em></p> <p>&lsquo;It is an achievement for an author to write in finely crafted prose but for a translator to convey that in another language is significant too. This story kept me reading without stopping! Not the first time from Gallic Books. It also has an unexpected ending. It is good to leave a book feeling there is more material in it for your mind to conjure with and this does just that!&rsquo; D.Olser, NetGalley reviewer</p> <p>&lsquo;The story is told in clear concise prose and although there is plenty of dark matter there are also surreal touches, and moments of real humour. This is quality writing; those who enjoy Highsmith and Simenon, in particular, may find it to their taste.&rsquo;&nbsp;<em>Crime Review<br /></em></p> <p>&lsquo;It&rsquo;s an atmospheric and absorbing tale, an exploration of loss and abandonment, often quirkily amusing and sometimes very moving.&rsquo; M.Jenkinson, NetGalley reviewer</p>

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A charming fable about the power of a hat that takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride through French life during the Mitterrand years. Dining alone in an elegant Parisian brasserie, accountant Daniel Mercier can hardly believe his eyes when President François Mitterrand sits down to eat at the table next to him. After the presidential party has gone, Daniel discovers that Mitterrand's black felt hat has been left behind. After a few moments' soul-searching, Daniel decides to keep the hat as a souvenir of an extraordinary evening. It's a perfect fit, and as he leaves the restaurant Daniel begins to feel somehow … different.

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The international publishing sensation, with sales of over 10 million copies worldwide Rene is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building. She maintains a carefully constructed persona as someone uncultivated but reliable, in keeping with what she feels a concierge should be. But beneath this facade lies the real Rene: passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives. Down in her lodge, apart from weekly visits by her one friend Manuela, Rene lives with only her cat for company. Meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her, and decides to end her life on her thirteenth birthday. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever. Reviews &lsquo;Resistance is futile &hellip; you might as well buy it before someone recommends it for your book group. Its charm will make you say yes&rsquo;&nbsp; The Guardian &lsquo;Clever, informative and moving &hellip; this is an admirable novel which deserves as wide a readership here as it had in France.&rsquo;&nbsp; The Observer &lsquo;The novel wins over its fans with a life-affirming message, a generous portion of heart and Barbery&rsquo;s frequently wicked sense of humor&rsquo;&nbsp; Time Magazine &lsquo;A book of great charm and grace.&rsquo;&nbsp; The Metro &lsquo;The book&rsquo;s attractive, Am&eacute;lie-esque Parisian setting and cast of eccentrics will appeal to many&rsquo;&nbsp; Sunday Telegraph &lsquo;This breathtakingly singular novel &hellip; is totally French yet completely universal&rsquo;&nbsp; Good Housekeeping &lsquo;Reveals itself as a version of the Cinderella fairytale&rsquo;&nbsp; Financial Times

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&lsquo;Captivating and perversely delightful.&rsquo; The Wall Street Journal In this gripping imagining of the last hours of President Gaddafi, Yasmina Khadra provides us with fascinating insight into the mind of one of the most complex and controversial figures of recent history. &lsquo;People say I am a megalomaniac. It is not true. I am an exceptional being, providence incarnate, envied by the gods, able to make a faith of his cause.&rsquo;October 2011. In the dying days of the Libyan civil war, Muammar Gaddafi is hiding out in his home town of Sirte along with his closest advisors. They await a convoy that will take them south, away from encroaching rebel forces and NATO aerial attacks. The mood is sombre. In what will be his final night, Gaddafi reflects on an extraordinary life, whilst still raging against the West, his fellow Arab nations and the ingratitude of the Libyan people. Reviews &lsquo;Captivating and perversely delightful.&rsquo;&nbsp; The Wall Street Journal &lsquo;Khadra has a good sense of pace: the leader&rsquo;s thoughts turn over at the right speed.&rsquo;&nbsp; London Review of Books &lsquo;World-class&rsquo; Rosie Goldsmith,&nbsp; The Independent &lsquo;Mesmerizing&rsquo;&nbsp; The New Yorker &lsquo;Packs a devastating punch&rsquo;&nbsp; Shortlist &lsquo;Compulsive, funny, powerfully emotional..sinuously intelligent. Khadra&rsquo;s perceptive and confident novel, translated from French by Julian Evans, is an unmissable entertainment.&rsquo;&nbsp; Guardian &lsquo;Bold, often mischievous&hellip; A wonderfully entertaining read &ndash; as commanding and schizophrenic as the psychopath who &lsquo;speaks&rsquo; its words.&rsquo;&nbsp; The Big Issue &lsquo;Effortless first-person reimagining of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi&rsquo;s final hours&rsquo;&nbsp; Library Journal &lsquo;In this closed-door drama, which reads almost like a piece of theatre, Yasmina Khadra gets inside the mind of a tyrant awaiting the fatal bullet.&rsquo;&nbsp; Le Point &lsquo;The ability of the author to infiltrate the mind and personality of Gaddafi is uncanny. It is very well written and compelling.&rsquo; D.Olser, NetGalley reviewer&lsquo;A skilled storyteller working at the height of his powers.&rsquo;&nbsp; TLS &lsquo;Khadra brings us deep into the hearts and minds of people living in unspeakable mental anguish.&rsquo;&nbsp; L A Times &lsquo;I loved the idea of this book and it was fascinating to read about Col. Gadaffi in a fictionalised setting.&rsquo; Sarah S., NetGalley reviewer

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At the age of 83, retired butcher George Nicoleau is about to set off on the greatest adventure of his life. George and his neighbour Charles have long dreamt of a road trip, driving the 3500 kilometres that make up the stages of the Tour de France. And now that George's over-protective daughter has gone to South America, it's time to seize the moment. But just when he feels free of family ties, George's granddaughter Adèle starts calling him from London, and he finds himself promising to text her as he travels around France, although he doesn't even know how to use a mobile. George is plagued by doubts, health worries and an indifference to modern technology. And yet – might the journey still prove to be everything he had hoped for?

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Death is Simon's business. And now the ageing vermin exterminator is preparing to die. But he still has one last job down on the coast and he needs a driver. Bernard is twenty-one. He can drive and he's never seen the sea. He can't pass up the chance to chauffeur for Simon, whatever his mother may say. As the unlikely pair set off on their journey, Bernard soon finds that Simon's definition of vermin is broader than he'd expected…Veering from the hilarious to the horrific, this offbeat story from master stylist, Pascal Garnier, is at heart an affecting study of human frailty.

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Fabien and Sylvie had both known their marriage was no longer working. And yet when Sylvie is involved in a fatal car accident, her husband is stunned to discover that she had a lover who died alongside her. With thoughts of revenge on his mind, Fabien decides to find out about the lover's widow, Martine, first by stalking her, then by breaking into her home. He really needs to get Martine on her own. But she never goes anywhere without her formidable best friend, Madeleine…

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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. 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…

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Before Françoise Sagan the literary icon there was Françoise Quoirez, an eighteen-year-old Parisian girl, who wrote a novel and needed a publisher for it. This intimate narrative charts the months in 1954 leading up to the publication of the legendary Bonjour Tristesse. We encounter Françoise, her family and friends close-up, in a post-war world that is changing radically; and Mlle Quoirez, in her new guise of Françoise Sagan, will be at the heart of that social change.Sagan was always focused on her writing, though at times the fame of her books was to be eclipsed by her wild-child reputation.Yet, as Anne Berest herself testifies, Sagan’s fearless approach to life lived on her own terms remains an inspiration even now.