We’re looking forward to sharing this fantastic debut novel with you!
Paris is a favourite haunt of both tourists and novels, and it’s refreshing to come across a book which casts a new perspective on the city we think we know. Setting These Dividing Walls in a sweltering summer with tensions rising, Fran Cooper eschews the sentimentalisation of the French capital, creating a strikingly contemperaneous tale about grief, prejudice and nationality. Join us for a reading from the book and chat to Frances about her debut novel – over a chilled glass of white wine, of course!
About the book
In a forgotten corner of Paris stands a building. Within its walls, people talk and kiss, laugh and cry; some are glad to sit alone, while others wish they did not. A woman with silver-blonde hair opens her bookshop downstairs, an old man feeds the sparrows on his windowsill, and a young mother wills the morning to hold itself at bay. Though each of their walls touches someone else’s, the neighbours they pass in the courtyard remain strangers. Into this courtyard arrives Edward. Still bearing the sweat of a channel crossing, he takes his place in an attic room to wait out his grief. But in distant corners of the city, as Paris is pulled taut with summer heat, there are those who meet with a darker purpose. As the feverish metropolis is brought to boiling point, secrets will rise and walls will crumble both within and without Number 37…
Fran Cooper grew up in London before reading English at Cambridge and Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She spent three years in Paris writing a PhD about travelling eighteenth-century artists, and currently works in the curatorial department of a London gallery. These Dividing Walls is her first novel.
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