Cheering tales to help us get over ourselves, bundled at 30% off the RRP. It’s cheaper than a holiday. And much less stressful.
The Suicide Shop by Jean Teulé
Has your life been a failure? Let’s make your death a success.
With the twenty-first century just a distant memory and the world in environmental chaos, many people have lost the will to live. And business is brisk at The Suicide Shop.
Run by the Tuvache family for generations, the shop offers an amazing variety of ways to end it all, with something to fit every budget.
The Tuvaches go mournfully about their business, taking pride in the morbid service they provide. Until the youngest member of the family threatens to destroy their contented misery by confronting them with something they’ve never encountered before: a love of life.
‘A gently comic fable’ Financial Times
George’s Grand Tour by Caroline Vermalles
A poignant yet joyful tale of how life can surprise us, at any age.
Retried butcher George is 83, free from his over-protective daughter, and intent upon adventure – planning to ride the 3500 kilometres that make up the Tour de France. But just when he feels free of family ties, George’s granddaughter Adèle starts calling him from London, and he finds himself promising to text her as he travels around France, although he doesn’t even know how to use a mobile.
George is plagued by doubts, health worries and an indifference to modern technology. And yet – might the journey still prove to be everything he had hoped for?
‘A life-affirming tale about a man who refuses to grow old gracefully.’ Bella Magazine
Breaking Away by Anna Gavalda
On the car journey to a family wedding, Garance reflects on how adult life, with its disappointments and responsibilities, has not always gone to plan for herself or her three siblings.
But just around the corner lies the chance for them to revisit their younger, carefree selves in a delightfully unplanned escapade.
‘It’s like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off played out in the French sticks’ The Independent
The Girl on Paper by Guillaume Musso
A story of friendship, love and the special place that books have in our lives.
Just a few months ago, Tom Boyd was a multi-million selling author living in LA, in love with a world-famous pianist, Aurore Valancourt. But after a very public break-up, his life’s fallen apart.
One night, a beautiful, naked stranger appears in Tom’s LA home. She claims to be Billie, a character from his novels, who has landed in the real world because of a printer’s error in his latest book. And she wants to strike a deal with Tom: if he can overcome his writer’s block and return her to the world of fiction in his next novel, Billie will help him win back Aurore.
Crazy as her story sounds, what does Tom have to lose?