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20th June 2019


Gallic Books


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Emily Boyce & Jane Aitken



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20th June 2019




Vintage 1954

(Millésime 1954)


After drinking a bottle of vintage Beaujolais, a group of Parisian neighbours are transported back in time to 1954.

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After drinking a bottle of vintage Beaujolais, a group of Parisian neighbours are transported back in time to 1954.

When Hubert Larnaudie invites some fellow residents of his Parisian apartment building to drink an exceptional bottle of 1954 Beaujolais, he has no idea of its special properties. The following morning, Hubert finds himself waking up in 1950s Paris, as do antique restorer Magalie, mixologist Julien, and Airbnb tenant Bob from Milwaukee, who’s on his first trip to Europe.

After their initial shock, the city of Edith Piaf and An American in Paris begins to work its charm on them. The four delight in getting to know the French capital during this iconic period, whilst also playing with the possibilities that time travel allows. But, ultimately, they need to work out how to get back to 2017. And the key lies in a legendary story and the vineyards of the Chateau St Antoine…

‘A glorious time-slip caper … Just wonderful’ 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 Amélie 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 must for any Francophile, who will be able to meet Dali, Edith Piaf, Audrey Hepburn, and other luminaries in these pages. A character’s walk through the legendary market of Les Halles at a time when it was in its full glory, all on the way to dinner at Au Veau qui Tete: such scenes are written beautifully, entering fully into the busyness of their settings’ Foreword Reviews
‘A warm-hearted and witty novel that manages to be both effortlessly readable and charmingly profound at the same time’ CultureFly
‘Antoine Laurain is a gifted storyteller … Vintage 1954 is short, written with humour and a pleasure to read’ Trip Fiction
‘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
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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