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  • One Hour of Fervour

Gallic Books

One Hour of Fervour

by Muriel Barbery.

Translated from French by Alison Anderson.

  • £14.99
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  • Hardback published on 16/05/2024
  • Page count: 288 pages
  • ISBN: 9781913547608
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Quick take

One Hour of Fervour is a stunning exploration of the love of a father forced to live in the shadows, capturing the darkness that can both push people apart and draw them closer.


From the bestselling author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog comes a spellbinding story of one man’s promise to keep a secret that may hold him from the greatest joy possible.

Haru, a successful Japanese art dealer, appreciates beauty, harmony, balance, and good sake. A few months after an affair in Kyoto with Maud, a mysterious Frenchwoman, he learns that she is pregnant with his child. But she issues him a heartbreaking warning: if he ever tries to see her or the child, she will kill herself.

Quietly devastated, Haru decides to respect Maud’s wishes. And Rose grows up on the other side of the world, without ever knowing her father. Is it too late to change things?

About the author

Muriel Barbery is a French novelist and philosophy teacher. Her 2006 novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog quickly sold more than a million copies in several countries. 

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