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The international publishing sensation, with sales of over 10 million copies worldwide

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.

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‘Resistance is futile ... you might as well buy it before someone recommends it for your book group. Its charm will make you say yes’ The Guardian

‘Clever, informative and moving ... this is an admirable novel which deserves as wide a readership here as it had in France.’ The Observer

‘The novel wins over its fans with a life-affirming message, a generous portion of heart and Barbery’s frequently wicked sense of humor’ Time Magazine

‘A book of great charm and grace.’ The Metro

‘The book’s attractive, Amélie-esque Parisian setting and cast of eccentrics will appeal to many’ Sunday Telegraph

‘This breathtakingly singular novel ... is totally French yet completely universal’ Good Housekeeping

‘Reveals itself as a version of the Cinderella fairytale’ Financial Times

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Resistance is futile ... you might as well buy it before someone recommends it for your book group. Its charm will make you say yes. --Guardian
This breathtakingly singular novel...is totally French yet completely universal. --Good Housekeeping

Clever, informative and moving ... this is an admirable novel which deserves as wide a readership here as it had in France.-- The Observer
The novel wins over its fans with a life-affirming message, a generous portion of heart and Barbery's frequently wicked sense of humor. --Time Magazine

A book of great charm and grace.--The Metro
Reveals itself as a version of the Cinderella fairytale. --Financial Times
The book's attractive, Amélie-esque Parisian setting and cast of eccentrics will appeal to many. --Sunday Telegraph

About the Author:

Muriel Barbery is a former lecturer in philosophy and the bestselling author of IMPAC-shortlisted novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Published in France in 2006 and in the UK in 2008, it has gone on to sell more than 6 million copies worldwide and has been described by Le Figaro as 'the publishing phenomenon of the decade'. Barbery's novel The Gourmet was published by Gallic in September 2009. Her latest novel, The Life of Elves, will be published by Gallic in May 2016.

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