The Mystery of Henri Pick - Walter Presents (Paperback)
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The Mystery of Henri Pick - Walter Presents (Paperback)

(author), (translator)
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Paperback 288 Pages
Published: 07/05/2020
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Waterstones Says

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
ISBN: 9781782275824
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This book is light, funny and erudite: a delight - Guardian

The Mystery of Henri Pick is so ridiculously French that if it started smoking Gitanes while you read it, you wouldn't be entirely surprised - Sunday Times Culture

A charming, quirky addition to the whimsical subgenre of books about book lovers, done with a light Gallic touch - Guardian, Top 50 Books to Read this Summer

A dull pizza chef becomes the author of an unlikely bestseller in this charming novel about the literary life - Sunday Times, 100 Best Summer Reads

A charming literary caper... A playfully droll satire of the French publishing scene and a completely delightful jeu d'esprit - Daily Mail

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 - Waterstones

Just the ticket - Sunday Times

A sparkling comedy. A novel to be devoured, which also examines the curious relationship between readers and books - Elle

The Mystery of Henri Pick manages the great gap between levity and profundity, between humour and seriousness. A beautiful farce - Le Figaro littéraire

Mischievous, spirited and entertaining... David Foenkinos's new novel is a triumph - L'Express

A satirical comedy constructed like a literary thriller. David Foenkinos celebrates book lovers and the power of words - Lire

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“Highly recommended”

I loved every moment and every aspects of this bizarre book: the style of writing, the stories and the characters.
It's the first I read by this author and won't surely be the last.
Highly recommended.
Many... More

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“Sweet, funny literary mystery”

I have yet to be disappointed by a release from Pushkin Press and The Mystery of Henri Pick is no exception. This is a lovely lovely book. The language and storytelling are relatively simple and there is quite a cast... More

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“Charming novel set in BRITTANY (The Last Hours of a Love Affair)”

Who doesn't love a feel-good novel that revolves around books?

In Brittany there is a library that stocks the books that nobody wants. It is of course an American idea. A chap called Jean-Pierre Couvrec set up a... More

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