Books to Add to your ‘Stay Indoors’ Stack

We’re all used to a rolling intake of doom and gloom nowadays, but this week has been particularly dismal.

Whether you’ve been instructed by work to stay home, or are taking cautious measures to protect yourself or loved ones, it looks like many of us will be getting in touch with our introverted side and spending more time at home. The very thin silver lining is a bit more reading time. We’ve gone through our backlist and picked some cheery, warmhearted reads you may wish to add to your bookshelf, as well as a few exciting upcoming releases you might want to pre-order!

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Feel-Good Books to Enjoy

Vintage 1954 by Antoine Laurain

A bottle of Beaujolais sends four strangers back to the golden age of Paris. Charming, lighthearted and full of warmth, Antoine Laurain’s work is guaranteed to lift a gloomy mood.

The Foundling Boy by Michel Déon tr. Julian Evans

The story of a young orphan’s adventures as he takes a bicycle through interwar Europe. A beautifully written and gently satirical bildungsroman that surprises at every turn.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery tr. Alison Anderson

The internationally bestselling story of three kindred spirits drawn together through the deep divides of age, race and class in a grand Parisian apartment building. A delightful novel of soft brilliance.

The President’s Hat by Antoine Laurain tr. Aitken, Boyce and Lalaurie

So good we’ve included him twice. Laurain’s eccentric whimsy is at full strength in the story of a man whose life is changed when he puts on President Mitterrand’s lost hat.

Pre-Orders to Look Forward to

A Long Way Off by Pascal Garnier – 26th March

An impromptu road trip takes ever stranger turns in this final book from Pascal Garnier. Though the master of French noir passed away a decade ago, his nihilistic humour and grisly surrealism continues to resonate with readers today.

Wild Dog by Serge Joncour – 2nd April 

A book about isolation, our addiction to technology and our deeply self-centered view of the natural world. Blending the past and present in unsettling ways, Wild Dog is both a richly imagined piece of historical fiction, and a chilling indictment of modern life.

I Remember by Georges Perec tr. Philip Terry – 25th May 

One of the new additions to our recently established Editions Gallic collection. Perec’s playful memoir lists 480 numbered statements, each beginning ‘I remember’, and builds a picture of a childhood spent in post-war France.

A Hundred Million Years and a Day by Jean-Baptiste Andrea, tr. Sam Taylor- 11th June 

‘A book’, in Andrea’s own words, ‘about the dreamers of this world’, A Hundred Million Years and a Day is a poetic gem of a novel. A mild-mannered Paleontologist sets off, with a motley crew, in search of a legendary fossil – a veritable dragon – hidden deep in an Alpine glacier.

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