The Readers’ Room by Antoine Laurain

In Paris, the flame haired, green eyed Violaine is the head of the Reading Room, a place where books are sent to be considered for publication. When a book called Sugar Flowers is chosen, it becomes a sensation, but the author appears to have gone missing. And there may be a connection between the book, …

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The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

The American Library in Paris has always been a sanctuary for Odile Souchet, so when she grows up, she applies for a job there. But it's 1939, and things are about to change for everyone in France and all over the world. Odile and her co-workers try to keep the library open as the Germans …

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Stationery Obsession: Writing Paper, Journals and the Joy of Letter Writing

I love stationery. I love journals, and pens and coloured paper with matching envelopes. I can't go past a stationery store without going in, and then it's very hard for me to leave without buying anything. Being a Australian who lives in London, I do have people to write to and I always have a …

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Two intelligent misfits will finds their lives changed when a new tenant moves into their Paris apartment block. One at the end of her life, the intelligent concierge who hides herself in obscurity, and one beginning her life, a bright 12 year old girl who is frustrated with the hypocrisy of the people around her. …

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The Confectioner’s Tale – Laura Madeleine

After reading my first Patrick White, I reached for a book with a pretty cover and a romantic storyline. The Confectioners Tale is a sweet story of romance, cake and Paris just before the war, and a university student in England who finds a photograph in her recently deceased Grandfathers things with a note begging …

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