Nominated by:

Katona József Library of Bács-Kiskun County, Kecskemét, Hungary

Denver Public Library, USA

Publisher of nominated edition:

Little, Brown Book Group, UK

Crown Publishing, USA

The Little Paris Bookshop

Nina George      

Translated from the original German by Simon Pare

2017 Longlist

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.

But when an enigmatic new neighbour moves into his eccentric apartment building on Rue Montagnard, Jean is inspired to unlock his heart, unmoor the floating bookshop and set off for Provence in search of the past – and his beloved.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Born in 1973, Nina George is a journalist and the author of numerous bestselling novels, which have been translated into several languages. The Little Paris Bookshop has been a phenomenal bestseller around the world. She is married to the writer Jens J. Kramer and lives in Hamburg and Brittany.

Librarians’ Comments

The owner of the ‘Literary Apothecary’ offers books to heal the troubled souls, but his own broken heart appears incurable until one summer everything changes. He sets out on a journey which is both emotional and intellectual. We travel through French regions, meditations and ideas. All is love and joy to books and reading.

M. Perdu, the owner of the Literary Apothecary, a bookstore barge that floats on the Seine River in Paris, lost his love 20 years ago so he pulls anchor and sets sail to find her. Nina George’s strong insights into the human character and the book choices M. Perdu picks for his customers on the barge are what makes this book so readable.

Related Entries