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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

by Muriel Barberry
£7.99   paperback  Gallic Books (2009)

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barberry

"Resistance is futile...You might as well buy it before someone recommends it for your book group. It's charm will make you say yes."
(The Guardian)
Renee is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building on the Left Bank. To the residents she is honest, reliable, and uncultivated - an ideal concierge. But Renee has a secret. Beneath this conventional facade she is passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her self-important employers.
 
Down in her lodge, Renee is resigned to living a lie; meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid a predictably bourgeois future, and plans to commit suicide on her thirteenth birthday.
 
But the death of one of their priviledged neighbours will bring dramatic change to number 7, Rue de Grenelle, altering the course of both of their lives forever.
 
By turns moving and hilarious, this unusual and insightful novel is now an international publishing sensation, with sales of over 2.5 million copies.
"This breathtakingly singular novel...is totally French yet completely universal."
(Good Housekeeping)

ISBN 13: 9781906040185 | ISBN 10: 1906040184