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Vintage 1954 (Paperback)
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For a few hours on a Sunday afternoon, I fell into this book and found myself in Paris, and I returned, grudgingly, only because I finished it and didn't have another Antoine Laurain waiting in the wings. Five of the residents of an old Parisian apartment building share a bottle of 1954 Beaujolias, and when they awake the next morning, they find themselves in 1954. There's a lovely little romance, a couple of small mysteries, Edith Piaf, and the whole thing just brims with charm. Fun, pure escapism.
'A glorious time-slip caper... Just wonderful' Daily Mail 'Delightfully nostalgic escapism set in a gorgeously conjured Paris of 1954' Sunday Mirror
When Hubert Larnaudie invites some fellow residents of his Parisian apartment building to drink an exceptional bottle of 1954 Beaujolais, he has no idea of its special properties.
The following morning, Hubert finds himself waking up in 1950s Paris, as do antique restorer Magalie, mixologist Julien, and Airbnb tenant Bob from Milwaukee, who's on his first trip to Europe. After their initial shock, the city of Edith Piaf and An American in Paris begins to work its charm on them. The four delight in getting to know the French capital during this iconic period, whilst also playing with the possibilities that time travel allows.
But, ultimately, they need to work out how to get back to 2017, and time is of the essence...
About the Author
Antoine Laurain was born in Paris and is a journalist, antiques collector and award-winning author. His novel The President's Hat was a Waterstones Book Club and ABA Indies Introduce pick in 2013. The Red Notebook was on the Indie Next List for May 2015 and was a MIBA bestseller. Antoine represented France at European Literature Night 2014.