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Edition details

ISBN
9781913547110

Publication date
23rd September 2021

RRP
£12.99

Imprint
Gallic Books

Binding
PB Demy

Extent (number of pages)
160

Territory

UK & Commonwealth (excluding ANZ)

BIC category
F, FB, FYT

Category

A Single Rose

(Une rose seule)

£12.99

The temples and teahouses of Kyoto are the scene of a Frenchwoman’s emotional awakening in the stunning fifth novel by international bestseller Muriel Barbery.

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The temples and teahouses of Kyoto are the scene of a Frenchwoman’s emotional awakening in the stunning fifth novel by international bestseller Muriel Barbery.

Rose has turned 40, but has barely begun to live. When the Japanese father she never knew dies and she finds herself an orphan, she leaves France for Kyoto to hear the reading of his will.

In the days before Haru’s last wishes are revealed, his former assistant, Paul, takes Rose on a tour of the temples, gardens and eating places of this unfamiliar city. Initially a reluctant tourist and awkward guest in her late father’s home, Rose gradually comes to discover Haru’s legacy through the itinerary he set for her, finding gifts greater than she had ever imagined.

This stunning novel from international bestseller Muriel Barbery is a mesmerizing story of second chances, of beauty born out of grief and roses grown from ashes.

Reviews
‘Rich with atmosphere and character and drawing on themes of grief and second chances, this is a delicate delight’ Living Magazine
‘Muriel Barbery crafts a moving tale of emotional awakening and blossoming love, set among the vivid colours and mesmerising scenery of Kyoto’ Woman’s Own
‘[A] multi-layered novel of self-discovery, grounded in richly evoked landscapes and experiences… An enjoyable, immersive read’ The Lady
‘A fascinating maze of emotional release’ Foreword Reviews
‘A lyrical and opaque story’ Publishers Weekly
‘An ode to Japan … a magnificent, resonant, finely crafted novel’ Le Monde
‘Muriel Barbery sows beauty on every page’ Elle
‘A small miracle’ Lire
‘A moving, accomplished novel … thoughtful, ethereal and inspired’ L’Obs
Praise for The Elegance of the Hedgehog
‘Resistance is futile … you might as well buy it before someone recommends it for your book group. Its charm will make you say yes’ The Guardian
‘Clever, informative and moving … an admirable novel’ The Observer
‘Breathtakingly singular … totally French yet completely universal’ Good Housekeeping
Muriel Barbery

Meet the author

Muriel Barbery is the author of four previous novels, including the IMPAC-shortlisted multimillion-copy bestseller The Elegance of the Hedgehog. She has lived in Kyoto, Amsterdam and Paris and now lives in the French countryside. Praise for Muriel Barbery ‘[The Life of Elves] could be read as an all…

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