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These Dividing Walls

**SHORTLISTED FOR THE HAYES & JARVIS FICTION WITH A SENSE OF PLACE, 2018 EDWARD STANFORD TRAVEL WRITING AWARD** A PRIMA BEST READ OF 2017 This is not the Paris you know... 'It'll open your heart and your mind. It certainly did mine' The Pool On a hot June day, grief-stricken Edward arrives in Paris hoping that a stay in a friend's empty apartment will help him mend. But this is not the Paris he knows: there are no landmarks or grand boulevards, and the apartment he was promised is little more than an attic room. In the apartments below him, his new neighbours fill their flats with secrets. A young mother is on the brink, a bookshop owner buries her past, and a banker takes up a dark and malicious new calling. Before he knows it, Edward will find himself entangled in their web, and as the summer heat intensifies so do tensions within and without the building, leading to a city-wide wave of violence, and a reckoning within the walls of number 37. 'Confident and brilliant. She will immerse you in a world I dare you to turn away from.' Lisa O'Donnell, author of The Death of Bees
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About the Author

Fran Cooper grew up in London before reading English at Cambridge and Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She spent three years in Paris writing a PhD about travelling eighteenth-century artists, and currently works in the curatorial department of a London museum. These Dividing Walls is her first novel.


A resplendent debut which combines a gracefully multi-layered narrative with insightful social commentary. * Wales Arts Review * In a Paris tense with summer heat, anger and hate drive its people to drastic action, in this intensely satisfying and timely novel of a city in crisis. -- Aileen Smyth, Dubray Rathmines It's the voices of various neighbours in their apartment block that make this novel special. * AnOther Magazine * An enchanting and beautifully written debut * Jo's Book Blog * Cooper's writing is exceptional. ... It's a beautifully crafted novel. * Book and Brew * An erudite and engaging read * Bookliterati * The writing is exquisite and discursive. -- Isobel Blackthorn I absolutely loved this book and I can't wait to read more from the author who I'm sure has a glittering career ahead of her. * What Cathy Read Next * Timely and thoughtful, it's perhaps one of the first novels to reflect back the state of our current society. * The Idle Woman blog * This beautifully written debut is about love and loss. -- Nina Pottell * Prima * The writing tantalizingly evokes the sights and sounds of Paris while also giving us an eye-opening perspective of a side of the city that we don't know much about. It is a nuanced portrayal of relationships and the whole spectrum of human emotions. * Book Riot * Cooper's characters are what make this novel so readable. * The Herald * The Paris of this skillful yet tender debut novel is not the Paris of our Eurostar mini breaks. * Red Online * Cooper has written a Ship of Fools for today, bringing forth the poetry and pathos of ordinary lives. * The Lady * A multi-layered novel, elevated by fine writing, in which our traditional view of Paris is debunked to show a less familiar side of the city. Cooper's expertly realised characters, both sympathetic and not, have stories that are interwoven with aplomb. * Daily Mail * This book played into my acute nosiness, throwing open the doors to the fictional lives of the residents of number 37 . . . It'll open your heart and your mind. It certainly did mine. * The Pool * Confident and brilliant -- Lisa O'Donnell An engaging debut that throws light on a hidden side of Paris. * Woman & Home *

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