Gallic Books has acquired The Readers’ Room, the new mystery novel by French bestseller Antoine Laurain, set behind the scenes of a French publishing house.
Jane Aitken, founder and m.d. of Gallic, bought world English language rights from Florence Giry at Flammarion. The novel was published in French as Le Service des manuscrits in January 2020. The English translation will be published in September 2020 in hardback with a cover designed by Dan Mogford.
"It’s an insight into an iconic literary world – one where writers still submit their début manuscripts on paper, where literary prizes attract huge attention, where the publishing lunch reigns supreme and a cast of quirky characters have made their careers," reads the synopsis. "And it’s also an enthralling mystery. Because the author of a crime novel that’s in the running for France’s most prestigious Prix Goncourt cannot be traced – and the police are investigating a series of real-life murders with uncanny parallels to the fictional story. A very French, very funny ode to the transformative, magical power of books, The Readers’ Room sees Antoine Laurain – who submitted his own first novel to the manuscripts department a decade ago – reach the peak of his powers."
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