Bookshelves By … Antoine Laurain and Edward Carey

To celebrate Bookshop Day, run by the Booksellers Association, we teamed up with two Gallic Books authors, with new titles out this Autumn, to curate bookshelves featuring their favourite reads and literary inspirations. Though Bookshop Day has been and gone, you can still purchase all the books chosen by our authors on our website using the links provided.


Author of Times Book of the Year Little, and The Swallowed Man (out November 5) Edward Carey shares a list full of reimagined myth and folklore, with a few glimpses of London long ago…

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi – From award-winning author Helen Oyeyemi, named one of Granta’s best young British novelists. A retelling of the Snow White myth, Boy, Snow, Bird is a deeply moving novel about an unbreakable bond.

The Passion by Jeanette WintersonThe Passion is a fairy tale about survival and broken-heartedness, cruelty, obsession and madness.

The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns –  A uniquely vivid, witty and touching story of love and mystery in Edwardian south London.

London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew – An extraordinary work of investigative journalism, a work of literature, and a groundbreaking work of sociology.

Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen – Rich with popular tales such as ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ and ‘The Ugly Duckling’, this revelatory new collection also contains many later, darker and rarely collected stories from Hans Christian Andersen. (This edition tr. Tiina Nunnally)

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Antoine Laurain, bestselling author of The Red Notebook and The Presidents’ Hat presents a selection of classic fairy tales , as well as books about books, for book lovers, much like his latest release The Readers’ Room

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón –  a stunning literary thriller in which the discovery of a forgotten book leads to a hunt for an elusive author who may or may not still be alive. (tr. Lucia Graves)

No Kiss for Mother by Tomi Ungerer – If there’s one thing Piper Paw hates, it’s being kissed by his doting mother, Mrs Velvet Paw. And one day she does the unforgivable: she kisses Piper in front of his friends!

The Complete Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault – Perrault’s tales were enjoyed in the salons of Louis XIV as much as they were loved in the nursery, and it is their wit, humour, and lively detail that capture the imagination of adult and child alike. (This edition tr. Christopher Betts)

Russian Fairy Tales by Gillian Avery, illustrated by Ivan Bilibin – Gillian Avery has provided a retelling of classic Russian tales which admirably complements Bilibin’s distinctive illustration, itself rooted in the stylized forms of Russian folk and medieval art.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – The hauntingly prophetic classic novel set in a not-too-distant future where books are burned by a special task force of firemen.

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