The Little Paris Bookshop

  • by Nina George
  • Narrated by Ray Sawyer
  • 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On a beautifully restored barge on the Seine, Jean Perdu runs a bookshop - or, rather, a 'literary apothecary', for this bookseller possesses a rare gift for sensing which books will soothe the troubled souls of his customers. The only person he is unable to cure, it seems, is himself.
He has nursed a broken heart ever since the night, twenty-one years ago, when the love of his life fled Paris, leaving behind a handwritten letter that he has never dared read. His memories and his love have been gathering dust - until now.
The arrival of an enigmatic new neighbour in his eccentric apartment building on Rue Montagnard inspires Jean to unlock his heart, unmoor the floating bookshop, and set off for Provence, in search of the past and his beloved.


What the Critics Say

"Nina George tells us clever things about love, about literature that 'puts a bounce in your step', about tango in Provence. One of those books that gets you thinking about whom you must give it to as a gift even while you're still reading it, because it makes you happy, and should be part of any well-stocked apothecary." (Hamburg Morning Post)
"The feelgood story." (Grazia Germany)
"Enchanting and moving.... Rarely have I read such a beautiful book!" (Tina Magazine)


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This is one of those books you want to hug and never stop reading. Have no idea bout the author but she "got it"
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- Mrs Helen Boonzaier

My Southern Lights

I just love this book.

I feel that, had I walked into the Literary Apothecary, this is the novel Monsieur Perdu would have prescribed for me. It resonated so deeply with me, that I am tempted to call it my ‘Southern Lights’.

If you ever loved deeply and lost that love, if you struggled to love again, this is the book prescription for you.

Almost every sentence is a sensory delight, laden with insights and truths about the human condition and the beauty of the landscape.

It is a tale of the loss of love and the loss of self. It is about reawakening and ultimately it is a joyous celebration of the frailty of the heart.

I first listened to the audio version of the book and loved it so much that I also bought the Kindle version. And I plan to buy in in paper too so that I can keep it with my other prised books.

The thing is, if I realised before my purchase that this book had been translated, I most possibly would not have bought it. I am so glad I made that 'mistake'.

The translation is sensitive and very well done. I will not hesitate to read another novel by Nina George. And I definitely will look out for other books translated by Simon Pare.
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- M. Botha

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-30-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK