Antoine Laurain on Patrick Modiano, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Patrick Modiano has just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.  This afternoon as I write, he has still not responded officially to the news, but his publisher, Antoine Gallimard, has revealed t …

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog: Why five million people love this book

By Emily Boyce, Gallic Books As Renée, the secretly erudite Parisian concierge in ‘The Elegance of the Hedgehog’, reminds us, appearances can be deceiving. Those casual judgements based on first impre …

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Have books, will sell online…

In September 2011, in one of the few buildings on Ebury Street without a blue plaque (which I am entirely confidant will change when our greatness is formally recognised), Belgravia Books opened its d …

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Gallic Life

Food, love and philosophy: three ingredients so integral to French life they could be the mottos of the tricolour flag.  And while they may be at the heart of our clichéd view of France as embodied by …

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Gallic Books, Gallic History

Louis XIV and Versailles, Madame de Pompadour, Marie Antoinette, the French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte, and the Napoleonic Wars all feature in our books, as do Toulouse Lautrec and other writers a …

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Italian Crime

Where would we be without BBC4 to point us toward something new to read?  Crime fiction connoisseurs might well still be wading through the unrelenting output of Scandi-crime, perhaps unaware that the …

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