One of our recommended books is The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

THE RED NOTEBOOK


‘He was about to commit a forbidden act. A transgression. For no man should rummage through a woman’s handbag.’  

Bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street and feels impelled to return it to its owner.

The bag contains no money, phone or contact information. But a small red notebook with handwritten thoughts and jottings reveals a person that Laurent would very much like to meet.

Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

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‘He was about to commit a forbidden act. A transgression. For no man should rummage through a woman’s handbag.’  

Bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street and feels impelled to return it to its owner.

The bag contains no money, phone or contact information. But a small red notebook with handwritten thoughts and jottings reveals a person that Laurent would very much like to meet.

Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

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  • Gallic Books
  • Paperback
  • April 2015
  • 160 Pages
  • 9781908313867

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About Antoine Laurain

Antoine Laurain is the author of The Red Notebook, credit Pascal ItoAntoine Laurain is a novelist, screenwriter, journalist, director and collector of antique keys. He is the author of the best-selling novels The President’s Hat and The Red Notebook.

A truly born and bred Parisian, after studying film, he began his career directing short films and writing screenplays. His passion for art led him to take a job assisting an antiques dealer in Paris. The experience provided the inspiration for his first novel, The Portrait, winner of the Prix Drouot.

Published on the eve of the French presidential elections of 2012, Antoine’s, fairytale-like novel The President’s Hat was acclaimed by critics, readers and booksellers, who awarded it the Prix Landerneau Découvertes. In the UK, it was a Waterstones Book Club and ABA Indies Introduce pick. Unsurprisingly, the novel quickly climbed into a Kindle Top 5 bestseller. This novel, full of Parisian charm, was the winner of the Prix Relay des Voyageurs, a prize which celebrates the enjoyment of reading. Since then, The President’s Hat has been adapted for television in France.

Antoine’s novels have been translated into 14 languages, including Arabic and Korean. Sales of his books across all formats in English have surpassed 155,000 copies.

Praise

“Laurain presents the story as if it were reportage, but with the confidence of an age-old storyteller.”San Francisco Book Review

“Laurain’s gentle, satirical humor remind this reviewer of Jacques Tati’s classic films, and, no, you don’t have to know French politics to enjoy this charming novel. Fans of Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog will want this.”Library Journal

“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

Interviews

Antoine Laurain – Proust Questionnaire

1. My defining characteristic

Tenacity; I needed plenty of it to get into writing.

2. The quality I look for in a man

Straightforwardness, which often goes hand in hand with intelligence.

3. The quality I look for in a woman

That she beguiles me.

4. My favourite pastime

Stroking my cat.

5. My biggest flaw

Putting my hand up at auctions…

6. What I value most about my friends

The fact that they exist, even in small numbers.

7. My idea of perfect happiness

Living off my books … and living well!

8. My favourite colour

Le rouge et le noir.

9. If I could choose to be anything, I would be…

My cat.

10. Where I would like to live

Sixteenth-century Venice, preferably in a palace with a gondola and chauffeur.

11. My favourite authors

Proust, Modiano, Céline, Huysmans, Sacha Guitry…

12. My fictional heroes

The photographer in the Antonioni film Blow-Up, played by David Hemmings.

13. The thing I can’t stand

Being bored by other people’s books…

14. The talent I wish I had

The ability to get up at 6am every day and start writing at 6.15.

15. My current state of mind

Busy.

16. The fault I am most able to forgive

Forgetting a loved one’s birthday, because it suggests they’ll never grow old in your eyes, which is flattering.

17. My motto

Sic luceat lux (May the light shine thus).