From the author of internationally acclaimed The End of the Alphabet, the magical story of an unlikely romance between an illiterate Parisian baker and a woman with her head permanently buried in a book
Like his father before him, Octavio runs the Notre-Dame bakery, and knows the secret recipe for the perfect Parisian baguette. But, also like his father, Octavio has never mastered the art of reading and his only knowledge of the world beyond the bakery door comes from his own imagination. Just a few streets away, Isabeau works out of sight in the basement of the Louvre, trying to forget her disfigured beauty by losing herself in the paintings she restores and the stories she reads. The two might never have met, but for a curious chain of coincidences involving a mysterious traveller, an impoverished painter, a jaded bookseller, and a book of fairytales, lost and found…
Praise for CS Richardson’s The Emperor of Paris:
"The Emperor of Paris is brilliant; it lingers; I will read it again,
and again. (In fact, I will read every novel Richardson writes.) If you
love finely crafted sentences and spare, elegant prose; if you love
charming characters and a tender, affecting story; if you love books and
Paris and boulangeries, you will love this novel."
—The Globe and Mail
"The Emperor of Paris is like no other book this year, full of the
simplicity, vivacity, vividness, charm and wonder to sweep you off your
feet by page three. It's a feeling adult readers have long had to leave
behind for their children in stories about spiders' webs, wardrobes and
chocolate factories ... With this sweetly sensational novel, Richardson
has proved his international bestselling debut, The End of the Alphabet,
winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, was no fluke.
Romantics, book lovers, day dreamers beware — C.S. Richardson is out to
steal your heart."
"... at once a painterly novel and a writerly one, the language
delivered in the careful, enigmatic, deliberately restrained brush ... and
... the spareness of Richardson's approach has the opposite effect of what
one might expect: his restraint with details lends weight and
significance to every word, every image, and the novel shimmers with the
heightened clarity of a dream."
"Like Richardson's 2007 debut novel, The End of the Alphabet, The
Emperor of Paris is a rare gem of a book. The prose is considered, yet
light and engaging. The plot is careful, ephemeral and tightly wound.
The book picks you up, then spins you along. Sharply, sweetly
"The Emperor of Paris is a rich and well-told story of the transcendent
power of art; it would not be surprising if it were to gain even greater
accolades than The End of the Alphabet."
—Quill & Quire
"It is much too early in the year to be picking the year's best books
but I will be shocked if I read 5 novels better than [The Emperor of
Paris] in 2012. Well, I'd be delighted actually as that would mean I
will have read at least 6 perfectly presented stories that make one
think back, meditate, feel and enjoy in warmth and human sympathy."
—Herald de Paris
Genre/Category: Literary fiction
Publication Date: Fall 2012
English (Canada) rights, Doubleday Canada
Dutch rights, Nieuw Amsterdam
French Canada rights, Éditions Alto
English (UK) rights, Portobello
For all other rights contact The Cooke Agency.
Phot Credit: Curtis Lantinga
||CS Richardson’s first novel, The End of the Alphabet, was an international bestseller published in thirteen countries and ten languages. Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (Canada & the Caribbean), it was named on four Best of the Year lists and was adapted for radio drama by BBC Radio 4. Richardson is also an accomplished and award-winning book designer. He lives and works in Toronto.