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The Second-Worst Restaurant in France
A Paul Stuart Novel (2)
9780735277991 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Romance / Romantic Comedy Jun 02, 2020
$19.95 CAD
Active 5.17 x 8.02 x 0.75 in | 0.58 lb 256 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Vintage Canada
In this delightful sequel to the bestselling comedic novel My Italian Bulldozer, Paul Stuart’s travels take him to a French village, where the local restaurant’s haute cuisine leaves a lot to be desired.

Renowned Scottish cookbook writer Paul Stuart is hard at work on his new book, The Philosophy of Food, but complicated domestic circumstances, and two clingy cats, are making that difficult.

So when Paul’s cousin Chloe suggests that he join her at the house she’s rented in the French countryside, he jumps at the chance. The two quickly befriend the locals, including their twin-sister landladies, who also own the infamous local restaurant known to be the second-worst eatery in all of France. During their stay, the restaurant’s sole waitress gives birth mid-dinner service and the maitre d’ storms off after fighting with the head chef. Paul is soon drafted to improve the gastronomy of the village, which Chloe, ever on the hunt for her next romance, busies herself with distracting the handsome but incompetent chef. Could he become husband number six?

With all this local drama to deal with, Paul finds it next to impossible to focus on his writing, and that’s before he learns that Chloe’s past is far more complicated than he’d ever imagined. Paul will have to call upon all his experience—with food and with people—to bring order back to the village. And he may just learn something about family—and about himself—along the way.

Story Locale: a village in present-day France

NINE SERIES: With the addition of the latest Paul Stuart novel, Sandy now has nine series running concurrently. This one joins the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the No. 44 Scotland Street series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the Corduroy Mansions series, The Department of Sensitive Crimes series, and two children’s series.

SALES TRACK: In total, Sandy’s books have net billed more than a million copies for Knopf Canada. His series books have been particularly successful, and the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has more than 968k books in print/EL in Canada.

AUTHOR PLATFORM: Sandy is one of our favourite authors, and he has received numerous accolades for his work. He was presented with the National Arts Club’s Medal of Honor for Achievement in Literature in 2017. His popularity continues to grow, and he now has 70,000 fans on Facebook and over 18,000 followers on Twitter.

LIBRARY SALES: He is the leading KRC author in library sales.

ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH is the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels and eight other series, including the Paul Stuart series as well as several stand-alone books. His works have been translated into more than forty languages and have been bestsellers throughout the world. He lives in Scotland.

Author Residence: Edinburgh, Scotland

Author Website: alexandermccallsmith.com

Author Social Media: facebook.com/alexandermccallsmith; @mccallsmith

The Second-Worst Restaurant in France is as fresh and charming as any of Alexander McCall Smith’s work…. The Second-Worst Restaurant in France has a plot with some surprising turns and twists and manages a spanking pace…and, above all, it is excellent entertainment.” —ArtsHub

“[W]hile on the surface the narrative appears to be driven by frivolous fallings-out and trivial goings-on, in true McCall Smith style, there are deeper questions revealed in conversations between characters…. [P]hilosophical musings on important questions, coupled with deft wit, set McCall Smith apart from other popular authors…. The descriptions of provincial French life and particularly French food—once the restaurant has improved—are delicious.” —The Scotsman


PRAISE FOR ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH AND MY ITALIAN BULLDOZER:

“[A] lovely tale of a life put back on track by charm and coincidence—and by kindness and humanity too…. McCall Smith knows exactly what he’s doing at this point in his career, and delivers a perfect combination of suspense, jaunty bons mots and heartstring-pulling moments that result in ultimate reader satisfaction, but with no saccharine aftertaste. And this wonderfully heartwarming novel contains a simple but welcome message about what happens when we open our eyes and see the world as it is, not as we want it be. The result is a perfect finish.” —Marissa Stapley, The Globe and Mail

“An engaging read written in McCall Smith’s trademark wryly thoughtful style [with] mouth-watering descriptions of rural Italy.” —The Daily Mail (London)
 
“A delightful mixture of humor, humanity, and observation. Just as at home in Italy as in Botswana, [McCall Smith] depicts the people of Tuscany in this novel with verve.” —Country Life
 
“McCall Smith’s generous writing and dry humor, his gentleness and humanity, and his ability to evoke a place and a set of characters without caricature or condescension have endeared his books to readers.” —The New York Times
 
“A vivid observer and an elegant writer.” —The Plain Dealer
 
“A virtuoso storyteller.” —The Scotsman

“[S]ucceeds in subtly, almost imperceptibly ripping up the traditional rules of the romantic comedy and creating something refreshingly original…. A gentle book, but also a gently radical one.”The Yorkshire Post

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