Gallic Books is a small, independent publisher dedicated to bringing French fiction to an English reading audience. They also run the wonderful Belgravia Books (where you can often pick up their titles for a bargain price). 2013 will mark their 6th year in business.

The A26 by Pascal Garnier
February: paperback / ebook

For someone who isn’t a huge fan of noir, It’s off that I am always drawn to Pascal Garnier’s books. They always sound like they have an interesting twist and a hint of dark humour. I do already have The Panda Theory on my TBR so I should really read tha first but Gallic have several of his titles translated in their noir collection.

The future is on its way to Picardy with the construction of a huge motorway. But nearby is a house where nothing has changed since 1945.

Traumatised by events in 1945, Yolande hasn’t left her home since.

And life has not been kinder to Bernard, her brother, who is now in the final months of a terminal illness.

Realizing that he has so little time left, Bernard’s gloom suddenly lifts. With no longer anything to lose, he becomes reckless – and murderous …

Helena Rubenstein: The Woman who Invented Beauty by Michèle Fitoussi
March: paperback / ebook

Not a particularly French sounding book, although I’m sure she was quite influencial in French fashion circles, but it seems like a facsinating story of an incredibly successful woman in time when they usually had to bow to male counterparts.

Helena Rubinstein was born into a poor Polish family at the end of the nineteenth century; by the time of her death in 1965 she had built a cosmetics empire that spanned the world.

When Rubinstein opened her first salon in Melbourne, her scientific approach to beauty was an instant sensation. Women just couldn’t get enough of her innovative advice on skincare, and her beauty products were constantly sold out.

Having conquered Australia, Rubinstein went on to open salons in Europe and America, at a time when women were barely seen in business, let alone running their own multinational companies.

Dressed by Chanel and Yves St Laurent, painted by Salvador Dali and Picasso and mingling with Colette and Proust, Helena Rubinstein not only enjoyed unbelievable success, but was also instrumental in empowering and liberating women.

Helena Rubinstein was a total original, and her legacy can still be seen today in the methods used to market and manufacture cosmetics.

This is her amazing life story.

The President’s Hat by Antione Laurain
April: paperback / ebook

A quirky sounding modern fairy tale. It’s a magic hat!

Like Cinderella’s glass slipper or Aladdin’s lamp, the hat is a talisman which makes its wearers’ dreams come true.

Dining alone in an elegant Parisian brasserie, accountant Daniel Mercier can hardly believe his eyes when President François Mitterand sits down to eat at the table next to him.

Daniel’s thrill at being in such close proximity to the most powerful man in the land persists even after the presidential party has gone, which is when he discovers that Mitterand’s black felt hat has been left behind.

After a few moments’ soul-searching, Daniel decides to keep the hat as a souvenir of an extraordinary evening. It’s a perfect fit, and as he leaves the restaurant Daniel begins to feel Somehow … different.

The Angel’s Call by Guillaume Musso
May: paperback / ebook

This sounds a bit like a French version of Sophie Kinsella’s I’ve Got Your Number although I’m sure the style will be completely different. I always like to see what other countries’ bestsellers are like.

By the time total strangers Madeline Green and Jonathan Lempereur realize they’ve got each other’s mobile, they’re on different sides of the Atlantic.

And who could resist peeking at the contents of someone else’s phone, especially when it reveals the mysteries in other people’s lives?

What caused the sudden collapse of Jonathan Lempereur’s career as world-famous chef? What are the locked files on Madeline’s phone that suggest she’s more than just a Parisian florist?

Gallic Books have also given a lot of space to their backlist titles in this catalogue including Gallic History, French Noir and Gallic Life. It’s lovely not to forget about books after they’ve been around a year or two and this is something that smaller publishers can excel at. You might also want to search my blog for mentions of Gallic Books for my thoughts on some of their other titles.

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