This was such a lovely read and one that makes me hope more of Stephane Carlier’s books are translated into English. This is his eighth novel but only the first – and brilliantly translated by Polly Mackintosh. It reminded me of my love for books and, indeed, Proust! This is absolutely a book for the book lovers out there, it is beautifully cosy and explores exactly why readers love to read.

“As she reads these pages, something verging on magical happens, making her think for the very first time that books might be better than real life.”

About the Book

A tender and witty coming-of-age story about the power of literature to inspire new beginnings, peppered with a cast of quirky characters and a unique heroine.

Clara is a hairdresser at Cindy Coiffure, a sleepy French salon with an identity crisis. Her relationship is fizzling out. Her tanoholic boss Madame Habib worships Jacques Chirac and talks longingly of her days in Paris. The highlight of the week was when the dishy technician came to repair the display cabinet. And now Madame Lévy-Leroyer wants to go blonde. Clara can’t help but wonder if there’s more to life . . . 

Everything changes when a customer leaves behind the first volume of In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. As Clara reads, she discovers a whole new world, leading her to strike up an unexpected friendship. And slowly but surely, she will work out who she wants to be.

About The Author

Biography. Stéphane Carlier was born in 1971 in Argenteuil, France. Clara Reads Proust is his eighth novel and the first to be translated into English.

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