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23rd June 2023


Gallic Books

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Louise Rogers Lalaurie and Megan Jones



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US publication date
27th June 2023



An Astronomer in Love

(Les Caprices d’un astre)


A story of two men, 250 years apart, who find themselves on separate quests to see the transit of Venus across the Sun

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In 1760, Guillaume le Gentil, real-life astronomer to King Louis XV, sets out for the oceans of India to document the transit of Venus. The weather is turbulent, the seas are rough and his quest may be more complicated than initially thought.

250 years later, estate agent Xavier Lemercier chances upon Guillaume’s telescope in a property he’s sold. As he looks out across the rooftops of Paris, he discovers an intriguing woman with a zebra in her apartment.

Then the woman walks through the doors of his office, and his life changes forever . . .

Part swashbuckling adventure on the high seas and part modern-day love story set in the heart of Paris, An Astronomer in Love is an enchanting tale of adventure, destiny and the power of love from best-selling author Antoine Laurain.

Praise for An Astronomer in Love
‘Simply beautiful. An enchanting dual-timeline story of a love written in the stars’ Fiona Valpy, author of The Dressmaker’s Gift
‘A perfect treasure waiting to be discovered by adventurous readers. An Astronomer in Love is a witty, lovely, surprising triumph’ William Ryan
Praise for Antoine Laurain 
‘Parisian perfection’ HM The Queen Consort
‘J’adore Antoine and his contemporary French comedies’ Wendy Holden
‘The very quintessence of French romance’ The Times
‘A hymn to la vie Parisienne’ The Guardian
‘Like finding a gem among the bric-a-brac in a local brocante’ The Telegraph 
‘A master storyteller’ Huffington Post
‘Soaked in Parisian atmosphere . . . will have you rushing to the Eurostar post-haste’ Daily Mail
‘Like fine wine, Laurain’s novels get better with each one he writes’ Phaedra Patrick, author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

Louise Rogers Lalaurie is a writer and translator.

Megan Jones is an in-house translator for Gallic Books, and lives in London.

Antoine Laurain

Meet the author

Antoine Laurain is a novelist, screenwriter, journalist, director and collector of antique keys. A truly born and bred Parisian, after studying film, he began his career directing short films and writing screenplays. His passion for art led him to take a job assisting an antiques dealer in Paris. Th…

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