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Elegance of the Hedgehog

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Renée is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building, home to members of the great and the good. Over the years she has maintained her carefully constructed persona as someone reliable but totally uncultivated, in keeping, she feels, with societys expectations of what a concierge should be. But beneath this facade lies the real Renée passionate about culture and Renée is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building, home to members of the great and the good. Over the years she has maintained her carefully constructed persona as someone reliable but totally uncultivated, in keeping, she feels, with societys expectations of what a concierge should be. But beneath this facade lies the real Renée passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives. Down in her lodge, apart from weekly visits by her one friend Manuela, Renée lives resigned to her lonely lot with only her cat for company. Meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her, and decides to end her life on her thirteenth birthday. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever. By turn moving and hilarious, this unusual novel became the French publishing phenomenon of 2007: from an initial print run of 3,000 to sales of over 2 million in hardback. It took 35 weeks to reach the number one bestseller spot but has now spent longer in the French bestseller lists than Dan Brown. The translation rights have been sold to 31 countries. The Elegance of the Hedgehog featured in Paris Match magazine in highlights of 2007 along with the iPhone and Facebook. In Italy, the novel has sold 400,000 copies to date and has been among the top five bestsellers since September, 2007. Recently published in Germany The Hedgehog is at number 9 on the top ten list, and climbing. The title is to be published in English simultaneously in UK and US.

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Renée is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building, home to members of the great and the good. Over the years she has maintained her carefully constructed persona as someone reliable but totally uncultivated, in keeping, she feels, with societys expectations of what a concierge should be. But beneath this facade lies the real Renée passionate about culture and Renée is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building, home to members of the great and the good. Over the years she has maintained her carefully constructed persona as someone reliable but totally uncultivated, in keeping, she feels, with societys expectations of what a concierge should be. But beneath this facade lies the real Renée passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives. Down in her lodge, apart from weekly visits by her one friend Manuela, Renée lives resigned to her lonely lot with only her cat for company. Meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her, and decides to end her life on her thirteenth birthday. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever. By turn moving and hilarious, this unusual novel became the French publishing phenomenon of 2007: from an initial print run of 3,000 to sales of over 2 million in hardback. It took 35 weeks to reach the number one bestseller spot but has now spent longer in the French bestseller lists than Dan Brown. The translation rights have been sold to 31 countries. The Elegance of the Hedgehog featured in Paris Match magazine in highlights of 2007 along with the iPhone and Facebook. In Italy, the novel has sold 400,000 copies to date and has been among the top five bestsellers since September, 2007. Recently published in Germany The Hedgehog is at number 9 on the top ten list, and climbing. The title is to be published in English simultaneously in UK and US.
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Title Elegance of the Hedgehog Height
Alison Anderson, Muriel Barbery Width
ISBN-13 9781906040185 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 1906040184 Spine Width
Publisher Gallic Books Pages 320
Edition Second English Edition Availability In Stock

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