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Publication date
15th August 2019


Gallic Books


Extent (number of pages)
128 pp

Jane Aitken



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US publication date
3rd September 2019




C’est la Vie

(Nul n’est à l’abri du succès)


‘Happiness for those unused to it is like food for the starving – a little too much can be fatal.’

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‘Happiness for those unused to it is like food for the starving – a little too much can be fatal.’

Writer Jeff Colombier is not accustomed to success. Twice divorced with a grown-up son he barely sees, he drinks too much and his books don’t sell.

Then he wins a big literary prize and his life changes for ever. Overwhelmed by his newfound wealth and happiness, he feels the need to escape and recapture his lost youth, taking his son, Damien, with him. And if strange encounters lead them down dangerous paths … well, c’est la vie.

‘A jeu d’esprit of hard-boiled symbolism, with echoes of Raymond Chandler, T.S. Eliot and the Marx Brothers’ Wall Street Journal
‘Brief, thoroughly rancid and hilariously horrible’ John Banville
‘A book any writer should read’ Stephen Romei, The Australian
‘Nicely off-balancing in its twists and turns’ Complete Review
‘Trippy, cool, empathetic, violent, and surprising. I don’t know what more you could want’ NB
‘Moves quickly, contains memorable characters, and has just the right combination of narration and descriptions of events’ Criminal Element
‘For surreal noir Garnier is hard to beat’ Crime Review UK
‘Witty and dark’ Jera’s Jamboree
Praise for Pascal Garnier
‘Trippy, sleazy, sly and classy’ A. L. Kennedy
‘Horribly funny … appalling and bracing in equal measure’ John Banville
‘Tough, bloody stuff, but put together with a cunning intelligence’ Sunday Times
‘A mixture of Albert Camus and JG Ballard’ FT
‘Bleak, often funny and never predictable’ The Observer
‘A brilliant exercise in grim and gripping irony, it makes you grin as well as wince’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Deliciously dark … painfully funny’ New York Times

Jane Aitken studied history at St Anne’s College, Oxford. She is a publisher and translator from the French.

Pascal Garnier

Meet the author

Pascal Garnier, who died in March 2010, was a talented novelist, short story writer, children’s author and painter. From his home in the mountains of the Ardèche, he wrote fiction in a noir palette with a cast of characters drawn from ordinary provincial life. Though his writing is often very dark i…

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