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An Astronomer in Love

Translated from the original French by Louise Rogers Lalaurie and Megan Jones
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Part swashbuckling adventure on the high seas and part modern-day love story set in the heart of Paris, An Astronomer in Love is an enchanting tale of adventure, destiny and the power of love. In 1760, Guillaume le Gentil, astronomer to King Louis XV, sets out for the oceans of India to document the transit of Venus. 250 years later, estate agent Xavier Lemercier chances upon Guillaume’s telescope in a property he’s sold. As he looks out across the rooftops of Paris, he discovers an intriguing woman with a zebra in her apartment. Then the woman walks through the doors of his office, and his life changes forever.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Antoine
Laurain

Antoine Laurain is the award-winning author of eight previous novels including The Red Notebook and The President’s Hat. His books have been translated into twenty-five languages and sold more than 200,000 copies in English. He lives in Paris. Photo Credit: Pascal Ito

Antoine Laurain is the award-winning author of eight previous novels including The Red Notebook and The President’s Hat. His books have been translated into twenty-five languages and sold more than 200,000 copies in English. He lives in Paris. Photo Credit: Pascal Ito

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Megan
Jones

Megan Jones is a translator. She lives in London.

Megan Jones is a translator. She lives in London.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Louise
Rogers Lalaurie

Louise Rogers Lalaurie is a writer and literary translator from French, with a focus on art and heritage, literary and genre fiction. She is based between France (the Seine Valley and Fontainebleau forest) and the UK – London and the Wye Valley in SE Wales.

Louise Rogers Lalaurie is a writer and literary translator from French, with a focus on art and heritage, literary and genre fiction. She is based between France (the Seine Valley and Fontainebleau forest) and the UK – London and the Wye Valley in SE Wales.

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Sometimes you need to read a book that is simply joyous – and An Astronomer in Love is just that book. The two elements of the story blend together beautifully, and the result is a story that reminds you that it’s important to follow your dreams, and to believe in second chances. There’s science, sadness, but also humour and hope. Oh, and a zebra. You’ll need to read the book to find out quite how he fits into it all.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
22/06/2023
Country
France
Original Language
French
Publisher
Gallic Books
Translator
Louise Rogers Lalaurie, Megan Jones
Translation
Translated from the original French by Louise Rogers Lalaurie and Megan Jones
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