THE FIRST THING YOU SEE ... isn't always what you get! The brilliant new novel from the author of The List of My Desires, a Waterstones Book Club pick and international bestseller.
Imagine you are a young mechanic living in a small community in France. You own your own home, and lead a simple life. Then, one evening, you open your front door to find a distraught Hollywood starlet standing in front of you. This is what happens to Arthur Dreyfuss in the village of Long, population 687 inhabitants.
But although feigning an American accent, this woman is not all that she seems. For her name is Jeanine Foucamprez, and her story is very different from the glamorous life of a star. Arthur is not all he seems, either; a lover of poetry with a darker past than one might imagine, he has learnt to see beauty in the mundane.
THE FIRST THING YOU SEE is a warm, witty novel about two fragile souls learning to look beyond the surface - for the first thing you see isn't always what you get!
This smart romantic novel is charmingly Gallic and cries out to be filmed as a sentimental comedy - SUNDAY TIMES
At once tender and harrowing, light-hearted and profound, it is a highly original and affecting read - THE LADY
A powerful message . . . a meditation on our obsession with beauty, celebrity and the consequences for those lumbered with one or both, delivered in a deceptively simple package stuffed full of filmic references and peppered with poetic quotations. It's a little gem. - A LIFE IN BOOKS
THE LIST OF MY DESIRES is a gorgeous little novel that has sold more than half a million copies in its native France. It is as beautifully written as it is heart-breaking, and is a fable-like tale of how money can't buy happiness - STYLIST