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Posted Jun 12, 2012 at The Gallic Books Blog
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Author and pyschiatrist François Lelord tells us how he came up with Hector, the globetrotting hero of his modern fables. The third in the series, Hector Finds Time, is out now (buy from belgraviabooks.com for just £4.79 plus p&p). When authors are asked to explain what made them write their... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at The Gallic Books Blog
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Along with Gaelic Books, we've been confused for Garlic Books in the past. Given the culinary theme of our newest title, this is not quite as silly as it once was. Freedom Fries and Café Crème (available online for £5.49) is a departure for Gallic for two reasons. It’s the... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2012 at The Gallic Books Blog
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Perusing the expansive France stand at the London Book Fair yesterday, my eye was drawn, as ever, to the cookbooks. After all, wandering the vast exhibition halls, one does work up an appetite (and a thirst - was it the rockstar lighting around the Chinese event stage that made it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at The Gallic Books Blog
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Growing up in a small town just outside Paris, crime-writer-to-be Maxime Chattam was a keen reader of science fiction and a big fan of Stephen King. As a teenager, he visited the USA several times. Several of his novels are set in the States including Carnage, published by Gallic Books... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2012 at The Gallic Books Blog
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With French police drama Spiral among the cult TV successes of 2011, and translated crime fiction enjoying a post-Larsson boom, noir may just be the new black. Despite the name, the origins of noir are largely rooted in the American hardboiled fiction of the 30s and 40s. When French publisher,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at The Gallic Books Blog
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The quest to find original, distinctive children's books takes Emma Langley, Commissioning Editor at independent publisher, Phoenix Yard Books, all over the world. We asked what international titles bring to her list, how the process of translating them differs from other literary translation, and how children approach 'foreign' books. What... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at The Gallic Books Blog
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Earlier this month, Le Figaro reported that Guillaume Musso had overtaken Mark Levy to become 2011's bestselling author in France, with sales of over 1.5 million copies. Two of Musso's romantic thrillers, Where Would I Be Without You? and The Girl on Paper were published in English by Gallic Books... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at The Gallic Books Blog
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There are all kinds of lists of ‘Translators’ Rules’ bandied around. The Arablit blog ran a whole series of them with many a useful tip included, such as breaking up your translating with other tasks (a financial imperative for most, and a way to preserve your mental health) and seeing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at The Gallic Books Blog
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We caught up with Olivier Cadic, entrepreneur and founder of Cinebook, 'the ninth art publisher', to talk translating graphic novels in the UK... Has the release of the Spielberg film, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, had any impact on interest in comic books? How well do... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2011 at The Gallic Books Blog
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If you're looking for a present with a certain 'Je ne sais quoi' but you're finding yourself thinking 'Je ne sais pas', fear not. We've put together some ideas from our own wish lists to inspire your French-themed gifts this year... For the wannabe Parisian Nothing beats the romance-factor of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at The Gallic Books Blog
This year’s International Translation Day, held at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon last Friday, felt very different from the previous year's event. There had been a fair amount of frustration aired in 2010 about the barriers that still stood against getting translations published in the UK. But last year’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at The Gallic Books Blog
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In some ways the opening sequence of director Guillaume Canet’s latest hit movie, Little White Lies, sums up the film as a whole. You can see what’s coming from a mile off when party-loving Ludo jumps on his scooter after leaving a club (never drink and drive or have unprotected... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2011 at The Gallic Books Blog
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The sound of fingers tapping on keyboards is filling the Gallic office (normally we're singing Edith Piaf songs, of course) as we begin ordering books for our new shop. Belgravia Books opens on 26 September at 59 Ebury St SW1, which gives us just over six weeks to fill these... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2011 at The Gallic Books Blog
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The news that BBC Radio 4 was to cut its short story output from three programmes a week to one provoked outcry last week, and the nation's favourite clever celebs, Stephen Fry and Joanna Lumley, added their names to a 5,500 strong petition against the move. The BBC has now... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2011 at The Gallic Books Blog
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Help us set a new world record with our partners, the Big Green Bookshop, on Saturday 30 July! We're hoping to get as many people as possible to read and discuss Guillaume Musso's Where Would I Be Without You? as part of The World's Biggest Reading Group. It'll be all... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2011 at The Gallic Books Blog
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Celebrate France's national day by entering our competition. Test your knowledge of all things French with our quick quiz, then get your specs on to spot the eight differences between the two versions of the French Riviera poster below (courtesy of the Science and Society Picture Library). French quiz 1.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2011 at The Gallic Books Blog
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Being greedy gourmands, with Bastille Day tomorrow our thoughts have turned to the best French dishes to celebrate the occasion. Here’s what makes our carte du jour: 10. Fresh baguette, unsalted butter, fromage. A perfect picnic. 9. Crêpes. Not just for pancake day, we love them savoury or sweet, served... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2011 at The Gallic Books Blog
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We've had two more reviews of Where Would I Be Without You? sent in from the Year 10 students at St Thomas More High School in Essex. Many thanks Gallic Readers Jonathon and Oliver for sharing your thoughts with us, which we publish below in their entirety. The next Musso,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2011 at The Gallic Books Blog
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Gallic’s new In-house Translator, Emily Boyce, reflects on her first three translations... I currently have three French men on the go. Lucky me! Since starting my first full-time translation job with Gallic Books in May, I’ve been working on three very different books by some of the most popular authors... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2011 at The Gallic Books Blog
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Everybody has a list of 'to be read' books. Mine is two-dozen strong and no matter how hard I try I never manage to make the smallest dent in it. I'll read one but then add two titles. One step forward, two back. But summer offers the perfect opportunity to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2011 at The Gallic Books Blog
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How many French films have you seen starring Gérard Depardieu? It might be easier to count how many you’ve watched which don’t feature the giant (in more ways than one) of French cinema. Though younger actors like Vincent Cassel and Romain Duris are building names for themselves over here in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2011 at The Gallic Books Blog
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Reviewing an anthology of short stories is, as our friend Scott Pack would surely agree, a dangerous business. You have to take care to review the collection as a whole, and not each individual story. And when each story is billed as being one of the the continent’s best, that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2011 at The Gallic Books Blog
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Here are the final two reviews of Guillaume Musso's romantic thriller Where Would I Be Without You? from the Year 10 students at St Thomas More High School, Essex. Both Luke Maloney and Daniel Solomons write thoughtfully about the importance of first impressions (does anyone really 'never judge a book... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2011 at The Gallic Books Blog
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Following yesterday's reviews of our summer beach read, Guillaume Musso's Where Would I Be Without You?, here's another frank, unedited response to the book. Today's writer is Toby Marsden, a Year 10 student at St Thomas More High School, Essex, part of our Gallic Readers initiative. Critical of our choice... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2011 at The Gallic Books Blog