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W&N Fiction HB May £12.99 240pp 978 0 297 87102 6 eBook: £12.99 / 978 0 297 87104 0

‘A gorgeous little novel . . . It is as beautifully written as it is heart-breaking, and is a fable-like tale of how money can’t buy happiness’ – Stylist on The List of My Desires

W&N Fiction • May 2015

GRÉGOIRE DELACOURT The First Thing You See Translated by Anthea Bell

The brilliant new novel from the author of The List of My Desires, a Waterstones Book Club pick and international bestseller. Arthur Dreyfuss is a young mechanic at a garage in the little community of Long, France. He has a small flat and leads a simple life. So, imagine his surprise when he opens his door one evening to find a distraught Scarlett Johansson standing before him. But the woman, although feigning an American accent, is actually Jeanine Foucamprez – and her story is very different from that of the Hollywood starlet. Arthur is not all he seems, either; a lover of poetry with a darker past than one might imagine, he has learnt to see beauty in the mundane. A tender story about two fragile souls trying to love each other, The First Thing You See will steal your heart and convince you that true beauty lies within. ‘Sparkling and intriguing . . . a tour de force’ Irish Independent on The List of My Desires Grégoire Delacourt is the author of The List of My Desires, a huge bestseller in France that has sold over half a million copies and remained in the Top 10 for a year after first publication. Rights have now sold in 27 countries. He lives in Paris, where he runs an advertising agency with his wife. His most recent novel – forthcoming in English translation from W&N in 2016 – has just been longlisted for the Prix Goncourt.


Location: Paris, France Available for interview