An elegant, irresistibly farcical comic mystery based around a library of rejected manuscripts, Foenkinos’s playful satire is the perfect feelgood read. An ideal novel for bibliophiles everywhere, The Mystery of Henri Pick abounds with Gallic wit and charm.
In the small town of Crozon in Brittany, a library houses manuscripts that were rejected for publication: the faded dreams of aspiring writers. Visiting while on holiday, young editor Delphine Despero is thrilled to discover a novel so powerful that she feels compelled to bring it back to Paris to publish it.
The book is a sensation, prompting fevered interest in the identity of its author - apparently one Henri Pick, a now-deceased pizza chef from Crozon. Sceptics cry that the whole thing is a hoax: how could this man have written such a masterpiece?
An obstinate journalist, Jean-Michel Rouche, heads to Brittany to investigate. By turns farcical and moving, The Mystery of Henri Pick is a fast-paced comic mystery enriched by a deep love of books - and of the authors who write them.
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
‘Written in a deceptively simple style, and with a beguiling mixture of conundrum and satire… this book is light, funny and erudite: a delight.’ - The Guardian
'The Mystery of Henri Pick manages the great gap between levity and profundity, between humour and seriousness. A beautiful farce.' - Le Figaro Litteraire
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