The List of My Desires

The List of My Desires

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What would it take to change your life? Jocelyne is 47. She lives in a small provincial French town, runs her own dressmaking shop, has been married to the same man for what seems like an eternity, has had two children and lives a very ordinary existence. In fact so ordinary that she is beginning to wonder what happened to her, to all those dreams she had when she was seventeen. Then comes the chance to change her life completely - but should she? For when Jocelyne begins to look at her life and its small pleasures - her friendship with the twins who run the hairdresser next door, her weekends away, her sewing blog - she realises that maybe ordinary isn't so bad. Until the decision is taken out of her hands...The List of my Desires is a wonderfully heart-warming novel about what we value in life and the search for more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 134 x 200 x 24mm | 320g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0297868357
  • 9780297868354
  • 90,767

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The List of My Desires is a gorgeous little novel that has sold more than half a million copies in its native France. It is as beautifully written as it is heart-breaking, and is a fable-like tale of how money can't buy happiness. STYLIST 20130702 On the whole, Jocelyne is happy with her life: her dressmaking blog, her factory-worker husband, her children, her friends who dream of winning a fortune. And so when Jocelyne hits the Euromillions jackpot, she keeps it secret, writing a list of simple desires: getting her hair cut, buying a garage door. But while she appreciates the wisdom of being cautious, others don't... SAINSBURY MAGAZINE 20130801 This charmingly Gallic look at how we evaluate our life and the potentially corrosive effects of money is reminiscent of The Elegance of the Hedgehog THE BOOKSELLER 20130405 Gregoire Delacourt's cautionary tale looks at what happens when Jocelyne Guerbette unexpectedly finds herself in possession of a cheque for 18 million euros after winning the EuroMillions lottery. LIVING FRANCE 20130801 This was a really interesting read, with a message about the dangers of money and that money doesn't bring you happiness...I give this book 9/10. VINTAGE ROSE BOOK REVIEWS 20130505 This "gem of a novel" has been a huge success in France with massive sales and rights sold in 27 countries, and it does sound as though its story may 'chime' with many of us. CORNFLOWER BOOKS 20130608 Gregoire Delacourt's fictional The List of My Desires asks what happens when we achieve our heart's desire, after its protagonist Jocelyne wins the EuroMillions lottery. HARPER'S BAZAAR 20130801 This though-provoking debut from Gregoire Delacourt is a huge bestseller in France. GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 20130801 Impeccably translated from French by Anthea Bell, it's a sparkling and intriguing read...This is a very elegant novel. Its restraint is wonderful, with not a superfluous word. Gregoire Delacourt's keen eye pans deftly across the inner landscape of desire and longing, presenting a tender homage to almost unfashionable virtues - loyalty, duty, patience - without ever taking the high moral ground...These days, it is regarded as cliched and hyperbolic to describe a novel as a tour de force. But I can't think of a more appropriate description for this book. IRISH INDEPENDENT 20130706 The story feels very French. I'm not sure exactly what it is that gives it that French flavour. You can tell it's a book in translation, even though it's beautifully translated, but somehow there's something about the characters that oozes French-ness, if there is such a word! It's a lovely, quick read. The chapters are short, enticing you to read just one more, late into the night, and it's a fairly short book overall that fast readers could probably polish off on an uninterrupted sunny afternoon. THE BOOK BAG 20130701 A sweet and poignant novella and its existential themes are redolent of that other French classic, The Little Prince. Beautifully written, readers will devour it in one sitting, turning the final page with one adage in their heads: the other man's grass is not always greener. IRISH EXAMINER 20130727 A massive seller across Europe, this little book of Gallic charm is likely to warm British hearts too. CHOICE 20130801 This moving novel about the search for happiness has already sold more than half a million copies in France. It's the story of 47-year-old Jocelyne, a haberdashery shop owner who lives in a provincial French town with her husband and two children. Her life is enjoyably simple until she wins 3 million euros in the lottery and everything changes when the cheque for her winnings disappears. This heart-breaking book is brilliantly written. -- Francesca Rice MARIE CLAIRE.CO.UK 20130820 In a short, bittersweet novel, the desires of the heart and the dilemmas of living are braided together with such tender humour and natural pathos that we become as bereft and beguiled as Jo herself. -- Iain Finlayson SAGA 20130801 In this charming cautionary French tale, Jocelyne discovers that someone in her small village has won the lottery and hasn't yet claimed the money. She knows instantly that she has the winning ticket and starts a list of all the things she could buy for her family, but then her husband finds the ticket and disappears. THE LADY 20130906 A novel about dreams and values, what is important and what is not, what we think we want and what we find we need, this is a sad but touching book...A wistful meditation on values and the search for happiness. THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE 20131001show more

About Gregoire Delacourt

Born in Valenciennes in 1960, Gregoire Delacourt works in advertising. L?Ecrivain de la famille, his first novel, won several awards, among which the Prix Marcel Pagnol and the Prix Rive Gauche. www.gregoiredelacourt.comshow more

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2 10% (624)
1 3% (183)
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