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"Consolation" ("La Consolante" (this French title is what players of boules call the consolation play-off match between the losers)) was the bestselling French novel in 2008, with sales of over half a million copies and translations into thirty-two languages. Darker and more complex than "Hunting and Gathering" ("Ensemble, c'est tout"), but just as dazzling, the second novel by the enchantress Anna Gavalda tells a heartbreaking, unusual story about one man, two remarkable women and an unforgettable transvestite. A 47-year-old successful architect hears about the death of a woman, whom he once loved - Anouk, the tragically big-hearted mother of a childhood friend - and his life starts to unravel. Charles seems to have everything, but turns his back on the present to go in search of her past and his childhood, falling a long way down. One day he finds himself on a Paris pavement covered in his own blood. But, as the title suggests, fate holds out a final chance of consolation - when, far from his Parisian milieu, he meets Kate, an enchanting young woman, herself damaged but fearless and in love with life.Alive with wit and vivid observation, sparkling dialogue and brilliant characters, this is a triumphant, spellbinding, finally consoling novel about life, love and second more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 153 x 233 x 34mm | 640g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0701183527
  • 9780701183523
  • 272,356

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"There is a man named Charles at the heart of Anna Gavalda's fourth novel, but it is the luminous and wounded women who shape the story. This book is a guaranteed success." Le Nouvel Observateur "Even the most reluctant reader can't help but be won over by Anna Gavalda's uncanny talent, and the force of conviction and genuine compassion that emanates from her book. Gavalda is unique, and the whole world envies us for having her." Livres-Hebdo "Gavalda is a hell of a storyteller, inventive and funny. She knows how to play with her readers, and how to make them part of the story." Le Monde des livresshow more

About Anna Gavalda

Born in 1970, Anna Gavalda was a teacher whose collection of stories, I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere, shot her to fame (published in Vintage together with her novella, Someone I Loved). Her novel Hunting and Gathering (Ensemble c'est tout) was a bestseller in several countries, selling over two million copies, and was made into a film. Her books have been translated into thirty-six languages. The mother of two children, she lives and writes just outside more

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"Gavalda is a hell of a storyteller, inventive and funny. She knows how to play with her readers, and how to make them part of the story."show more

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