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    The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Hardback) By (author) Muriel Barbery, Translated by Alison Anderson

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    DescriptionRene is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building. She maintains a carefully constructed persona as someone uncultivated but reliable, in keeping with what she feels a concierge should be. But beneath this facade lies the real Rene: 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, Rene lives 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 turns moving and hilarious, this unusual novel became the top-selling book in France in 2007.


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    Title
    The Elegance of the Hedgehog
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Muriel Barbery, Translated by Alison Anderson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781908313126
    ISBN 10: 1908313129
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC22: FIC
    BIC subject category V2: FYT
    BIC E4L: TRA
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    DC21: 843.92
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FB
    Edition
    Special edition
    Edition statement
    Gift edition
    Publisher
    Gallic Books
    Imprint name
    Gallic Books
    Publication date
    01 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Muriel Barbery is a philosophy teacher. Her first novel, 'The Gourmet' has been translated into twelve languages. Her second novel, 'The Elegance of the Hedgehog' has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.
    Review quote
    'Resistance is futile. you might as well buy it before someone recommends it for your book group. It's charm will make you say yes.' - The Guardian.