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The Paris Library

The Paris Library


‘A wonderful novel celebrating the power of books and libraries to change people’s lives’ Jill Mansell

A book about books, lovers and book lovers – what’s not to love?’ Ruth Hogan
‘I devoured The Paris Library in one hungry gulp . . . charming and moving’ Tatiana de Rosnay

‘An irresistible, compelling read’ Fiona Davis
‘Paris and libraries. What’s not to love?!’ Natasha Lester
‘Delightful, richly detailed’ Publishers’ Weekly

PARIS, 1939
Odile Souchet is obsessed with books, and her new job at the American Library in Paris – with its thriving community of students, writers and book lovers – is a dream come true. When war is declared, the Library is determined to remain open. But then the Nazis invade Paris, and everything changes.
In Occupied Paris, choices as black and white as the words on a page become a murky shade of grey – choices that will put many on the wrong side of history, and the consequences of which will echo for decades to come.

Lily is a lonely teenage desperate to escape small-town Montana. She grows close to her neighbour Odile, discovering they share the same love of language, the same longings. But as Lily uncovers more about Odile’s mysterious past, she discovers a dark secret, closely guarded and long hidden.
Based on the true Second World War story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable novel of romance, friendship, family, and of heroism found in the quietest of places.

(P) 2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Adventure / War & Combat Fiction / Second World War Fiction

On Sale: 9th February 2021

Price: £19.99

ISBN-13: 9781529335484


A fresh take on WWII France that will appeal to bibliophiles everywhere. I fell in love with Odile and Lily, with their struggles and triumphs, from the very first page. Meticulously researched, The Paris Library is an irresistible, compelling read.
Fiona Davis, author of THE CHELSEA GIRLS
As a Parisian, an ardent bookworm , and a longtime fan of the American Library in Paris, I devoured The Paris Library in one hungry gulp. It is charming and moving, with a perfect balance between history and fiction.
Tatiana de Rosnay, author of SARAH'S KEY
A wonderful novel celebrating the power of books and libraries to change people's lives. Enthralling, moving and based on little-known real events.
Jill Mansell, author of MAYBE THIS TIME
A book about books, lovers and book lovers - what's not to love? A wonderful tale about a library that provides a beacon of hope in the darkness and despair of war. Heart-breaking and heart-lifting in turn and always enchanting.
Ruth Hogan, author of THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS
An irresistible combination of two of my favourite things: Paris and libraries. What's not to love?! Utterly charming
Natasha Lester, author of THE PARIS ORPHAN
A delightful chronicle of a woman's life in WWII-era Paris and rural 1980s Montana . . .Charles's richly detailed plot incorporates historical figures from the American Library and highlights the perils of occupied Paris. Historical fiction fans will be drawn to the realistic narrative and the bond of friendship forged between a widow and a lonely young girl
Publishers' Weekly
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