The Mystery of Henri Pick (Walter Presents) (Paperback)

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By David Foenkinos, Sam Taylor (Translated by)
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For fans of The Awkward Squad, pick up a copy of The Mystery of Henri Pick.  This quirky, witty, poignant novel is perfect for those who love to read books about books.  Set in Brittany in the small town of Crozon, editor Delphine Despero  is on holiday with her family.  The Crozon library houses a section devoted to rejected manuscripts, a place where unpublished authors can leave their work, saved for prosperity.

It is in this section that Delphine finds a gem - a manuscript written by the late Henri Pick, a local pizza chef.  

Taken back to Paris and published, the novel becomes an oversight sensation.  But journalist and sceptic Jean-Michel Rouche heads to Crozon to investigate the story surrounding the found manuscript.  What ensues is a witty, quirky and tender story.

A real delight and perfect summer read, pick up a copy now! - Brenda

— From Brenda's Staff Picks


The delightful first title in a new collaboration with Channel 4's Walter Presents: a fast-paced comic mystery enriched by a deep love of books

In the small town of Crozon in Brittany, a library houses manuscripts that were rejected for publication: the faded dreams of aspiring writers. Visiting while on holiday, young editor Delphine Despero is thrilled to discover a novel so powerful that she feels compelled to bring it back to Paris to publish it.

The book is a sensation, prompting fevered interest in the identity of its author - apparently one Henri Pick, a now-deceased pizza chef from Crozon. Sceptics cry that the whole thing is a hoax: how could this man have written such a masterpiece? An obstinate journalist, Jean-Michel Rouche, heads to Brittany to investigate.

By turns farcical and moving, The Mystery of Henri Pick is a fast-paced comic mystery enriched by a deep love of books - and of the authors who write them.

About the Author

Novelist, screenwriter and musician David Foenkinos was born in 1974. He is the author of fourteen novels that have been translated into forty languages. Several of his works have been adapted for film, including Delicacy (2011). The Mystery of Henri Pick is the first title in a new collaboration with Channel 4's Walter Presents.

Praise For…

"A delight with a novel premise." — CrimeReads

"The Mystery of Henri Pick is so ridiculously French that if it started smoking Gitanes while you read it, you wouldn’t be entirely surprised." — The Sunday Times Culture magazine

"This book is light, funny and erudite: a delight." — The Guardian

"A charming literary caper... A playfully droll satire of the French publishing scene and a completely delightful jeu d’esprit." — The Daily Mail

"Written with humour, wit and intelligence, it's set in a world of books and publishing. I really enjoyed it." — TripFiction

"The Mystery of Henri Pick manages the great gap between levity and profundity, between humour and seriousness. A beautiful farce." — Le Figaro Littéraire
Product Details
ISBN: 9781782275824
ISBN-10: 1782275827
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020
Pages: 288
Series: Walter Presents