Voices From Lockdown #2: Antoine Laurain, Paris

In this instalment of Voices from Lockdown, bestselling author Antoine Laurain talks about living with his cat in Paris — and the book he’s escaping into.


Dear friends,

My experience of lockdown has been very similar to the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day. Except the film had many characters and didn’t take place in an apartment. I am here alone with my cat, Ploum. My activities are feeding the cat and trying to write a book. Feeding the cat is going better. He is also my assistant and gives me feedback on my books: this one is definitely not there yet!

I am still very touched and honoured to have been selected as one of 9 books recommended by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

My thoughts are with my British readers and my bookseller friends who are unable to open their shops.

Stay strong. I hope we will go back to the life we had before. It wasn’t perfect, but it was better than this one.

In a few months, you will be able to read my new book, The Readers’ Room, an odd, surprising thriller that takes place in the world of publishing.

Right now I am flicking through a beautiful book on interiors in Italy — it provides an escape, and I’m going to share some photos with you.

Best wishes from Paris,

Take care.

Your friend, the French writer,


— 05/05/20


Antoine Laurain is the award-winning author of six previous novels including The Red Notebook and The President’s Hat. A truly born and bred Parisian, after studying film, he began his career directing short films and writing screenplays. His latest novel, The Readers’ Room, is published by Gallic Books in September 2020.

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