Vintage 1954

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$14.95  $13.75
Gallic Books
Publish Date
5.0 X 0.9 X 7.7 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Antoine Laurain was born in Paris and is a journalist, antiques collector and award-winning author. His novel The President's Hat was a Waterstones Book Club and ABA Indies Introduce pick in 2013. The Red Notebook was on the Indie Next List for May 2015 and was a MIBA bestseller. Antoine represented France at European Literature Night 2014.


'I adore Laurain's novels... This latest love letter to the French capital more than keeps up his impressive standard' Daily Mail

'Delightfully nostalgic escapism set in a gorgeously conjured Paris of 1954' Sunday Mirror

'This delightfully entertaining comic novel is genuinely heart warming stuff. It will remind you of AmΓ©lie in the way it takes wings on a flight of fancy and soars' NB

'Like fine wine, Laurain's novels get better with each one he writes. Vintage 1954 is a charming and warm-hearted read' Phaedra Patrick, author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

'As inventive and perceptive a story as you could wish for' Max Easterman, European Literature Network

'A warm-hearted and witty novel that manages to be both effortlessly readable and charmingly profound at the same time' CultureFly

'An utter delight ... Warm, witty and very entertaining' Linda's Book Bag

'Someone can always come along and make our world a lot more perfect than before. One such is M Laurain himself, for he really is most readable, warm-hearted and enjoyable' The Book Bag

'One of my favourite reads this year... the story is so alluring and has timeless charm' Sissi Reads

Praise for Smoking Kills:

'It has the pleasing weirdness that makes Laurain's novels so appealing' The Sunday Times

'Hilarious, formidable -- and essential packing for any French Summer holiday' Daily Mail

'A brisk black comedy... makes cigarettes seem seductive again, even to committed non-smokers.' The Guardian

'A seductively murderous Parisian tale' The Times Crime Club

'Smoking Kills is one heck of a book ... a romp and a satire and it is a reminder of all that is funny-peculiar about Parisian culture. Read this book. It will be good for your health' Shots Magazine

'Funny, superbly over-the-top.... not a page too much' The Times

'This is guaranteed fun' Publishers Weekly

'This dark parody of classic romans noirs is one more reason to love the French' Crime Reads

'Antoine Laurain is a compelling storyteller. The writing flows effortlessly, alternating action and reflection, the present and flashbacks, the sad and the comical' Riveting Reviews

' of the most savage, most gloriously satisfying endings I've read in ages, I can't help but recommend this book for what it is: a gem' Pop Matters

'This dark yet comic novel is perfect for readers wanting to enjoy a typically French satirical crime story' Living France Magazine

'This is a real tonic for the soul (...) Smoking Kills is a very black comedy, it is a lot of wicked fun (...) original and playful and entertaining' Nudge Books

'Dark and enjoyable . . . You will puff in pleasure' The Book Bag

Praise for The President's Hat and The Red Notebook:

'A hymn to la vie Parisienne...enjoy it for its fabulistic narrative, and the way it teeters pleasantly on the edge of Gallic whimsy' The Guardian

'Resist this novel if you can; it's the very quintessence of French romance' The Times

'Soaked in Parisian atmosphere, this lovely, clever, funny novel will have you rushing to the Eurostar post-haste... A gem' Daily Mail