Beautifully judged and as comforting as the warmest embrace, George’s story of a bookseller-cum-counsellor who prescribes literature to lift the soul is a tender, touching treat.
A somewhat lost soul presides over a floating ‘literary apothecary’ on the Seine, a man masking the pain in his own heart by prescribing the appropriate volume to heal the wounds of others. A revelation from the past prompts him to up-anchor and begin a singular journey of discovery toward a resolution that is genuinely life-affirming.
Books about books can so often run toward the twee, but George’s skill renders this tale as a sweeping, grand romance. With a cast of winsome, slightly-fractured companions - the bookseller Jean Perdu; the enigmatic Catherine, the woman who unlocks his past; and Max Jordan, the blocked, suffering author who accomapnies him on his quest - The Little Paris Bookshop is a pitch-perfect, bittersweet tale that effortlessly repeated the bestselling success of its release in Nina George's native Germany in the UK.
"Glowing . . . a classic voyage and return narrative, layered with wit, enchanting writing and a love of books . . . I prescribed it for a cynical friend who has "seen it all" (and read it all) and she swooned." - The Daily Mail
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 304 g
Dimensions: 130 x 199 x 26 mm
As . . . the little floating bookshop sets off for Provence, George uses a heady cocktail of literature and more sensual pleasures to create a wonderfully offbeat romance * Mail on Sunday *
Glowing . . . a classic voyage and return narrative, layered with wit, enchanting writing and a love of books . . . I prescribed it for a cynical friend who has "seen it all" (and read it all) and she swooned * Daily Mail *
A captivating curiosity, for those who still believe in love and books, friendship and food, happiness and romance * Saga *
A capricious, meandering journey of love, loss and wonderful food, so beautifully described. I enjoyed every moment * Carole Matthews, bestselling author of The Cake Shop in the Garden *
If you're looking to be charmed right out of your own life for a few hours, sit down with this wise and winsome novel...Everything happens just as you want it to... from poignant moments to crystalline insights in exactly the right measure * oprah.com *
An enchanting, uplifting read . . . the sort of book that acts as a soothing tonic as you read - so the perfect accompaniment to relaxing in the sun * Independent *
A real gem of a book that is my book of the year so far . . . superbly written and flows effortlessly. You read and re-read phrase after evocative phrase. I couldn't put it down. The characters lingered long after I had finished it and the sense of time and place made me want to book a flight to Paris immediately . . . You will LOVE it * Patricia Scanlan *
A true gem for fiction lovers * Good Housekeeping *
The Little Paris Bookshop is a wonderful tale showing the power of friendship and love * France magazine *
A gentle, heartwarming tale of discovery * Candis *
A novel about love and books - what better? * Woman and Home *
Enchanting and uplifting, this unashamedly sweet tale is a real gem * Heat *
Nina George spins a gentle, charming tale . . . it would take a cold heart not to be warmed * Herald *
Nina George tells us clever things about love, about literature that 'puts a bounce in your step', about tango in Provence. One of those books that gets you thinking about whom you must give it to as a gift even while you're still reading it, because it makes you happy, and should be part of any well-stocked apothecary * Hamburg Morning Post *
Enchanting and moving ... Rarely have I read such a beautiful book! * Tina magazine *
[a] wonderfully eclectic and quirky cast of characters, all of whom are so well defined and written * The Armchair Library blog *
a delightful, bittersweet tale * Lakes Post *
A charming story about life, love, despair and, above all, hope * Who Weekly *
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