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Elegance of the Hedgehog (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 01/10/2011
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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. By turns moving and hilarious, this unusual novel became the top-selling book in France in 2007.

Publisher: Gallic Books
ISBN: 9781908313126
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 203 x 127 x 30 mm

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“The Elegance of the Hedgehog”

I found the title of this novel highly intriguing and looked forward to reading it. I was not disappointed. The novel is well-written and immediately engaging, The storyline at first seemed relatively simple - the... More

Paperback edition
2nd April 2009
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“I loved it”

I loved this book - it builds up the characters really well, and gives a good view into Parisians! Somehow reading a book about different characters in a building gives me a strong sense of voyeurism and exposure into... More

Paperback edition
12th July 2010
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“A Marvellous Read”

This is my favourite book from here on in.

I loved every thing about it and have read it at least 4 times since purchase. It is truly excellent as a novel, but also a social commentary and examination. Barbery had... More

Paperback edition
19th May 2011
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