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‘Unsettling, addictive, and razor-sharp, Francesca Reece is a devastatingly compelling new voice in literary fiction’ Louise O’Neill

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PARIS AND SOUTH. PART-TIME.

Leah, a young woman who has found herself ‘ambitioned’ out of London, is now aimlessly adrift in Paris. Tired of odd jobs in cafés and teaching English to unresponsive social media influencers, her heart skips a beat when she spots an advert for a writer seeking an assistant.

Michael was once the bright young star of the London literary scene, now a washed-up author with writer’s block. He doesn’t place much hope in the advert, but after meeting Leah is filled with an inspiration he hasn’t felt in years.

When Michael offers Leah the opportunity to join him and his family in their rambling but glorious property in the south of France for the summer, she finally feels her luck is turning. But as she begins to transcribe the diaries from his debauched life in 1960s Soho, something begins to nag at Leah’s sense of fulfilment; that there might be more to Michael than meets the eye.

(P) 2021 Headline Publishing Group Limited

Critics Review

  • Tense and sultry… addictive… With a complicated love triangle, glamorous settings, a cast of enigmatic characters and a mystery that will keep you guessing right until the end, it’s a genuinely thrilling summer holiday read

    Stylist
  • For fans of Naoise Dolan’s Exciting Times, this is sultry antidote to our Groundhog Year

    Elle 'Dazzling Debuts'
  • A sultry novel that shimmers with suspense and a strong sense of period and time

    Daily Mail
  • If your hopes of heading to Provence this summer are looking in jeopardy, Francesca Reece’s sizzling summer debut is a one way ticket to the South of France . . . As the title suggests, it’s a story about the ways men and women watch one another, and the things we project onto people when we’re only seeing what we want to see

    Esquire
  • Unsettling, addictive, and razor-sharp, Francesca Reece is a devastatingly compelling new voice in literary fiction

    Louise O'Neill
  • A sultry, summery book . . . devastatingly witty, compulsively readable . . . like Sally Rooney meeting Martin Amis in Paris

    Francine Toon, author of PINE

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