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W&N Fiction HB July £12.99 240pp 978 0 297 86835 4 ebook: £12.99 978 0 297 86837 8

‘What if the concierge in The Elegance of the Hedgehog became a seamstress in the Pas-de-Calais? . . . The List of My Desires has a natural charm’ – L’Express

W&N Fiction • July 2013

GRÉGOIRE DELACOURT The List of My Desires Translated by Anthea Bell

The No. 1 bestseller. Half a million copies sold in France and rights sold in 27 countries. Jocelyne is 47. She lives in a provincial French town, runs her own dressmaking shop, has been married to the same man for ever and lives a very ordinary existence. She is beginning to wonder what happened to the dreams she once had, when she wins the lottery and faces an extraordinary dilemma. Without cashing the cheque, Jocelyne begins to write down her ‘list of desires’. At first they are simple things – a new coat, a bathmat. She goes to the Chanel shop in Paris but wonders if a new handbag will make her happier than the sandwich her husband prepared for her that morning. Would the money make them happier? That question is taken out of Jocelyne’s hands when her husband finds the lottery ticket and disappears. With a wonderful everywoman heroine and a universal dilemma at its heart, The List of My Desires is a charming novel about the real value of our heart’s desires. • Author visiting the UK on publication. • A No. 1 bestseller in France and still in the Top 10

there with half a million copies sold. Grégoire Delacourt was born in Valenciennes in 1960. His first novel, The Writer of the Family, was published in 2011 and won five literary prizes in his native France, including the Prix Marcel Pagnol and the Prix Rive Gauche. He lives in Paris where he runs an advertising agency with his wife. Anthea Bell OBE has translated numerous literary works from French, German, Danish and Polish into English, including notably WG Sebald’s Austerlitz and the French Asterix comics. She is the recipient of several prizes for translation.

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Location: Paris, France Available for Interview