In The Lounge

‘I find Parisians very polite’
10 Quick Questions with Gregoire Delacourt

Gregoire Delacourt, author of international phenomenon The List of My Desires, dropped in for a chat ahead of his wonderful new novel The First Thing You See.

Who is your favourite author?

Today it is a Spaniard – Antonio Garrido. It will be another one tomorrow. There are so many talented writers.

What book do you most often recommend to friends?

High Fidelity, by Nick Hornby.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Mornings. Music. And a lot of water.

If you weren’t a writer what job would you liked to have gone into?

In fact I do have a job. I’m a copywriter, working in advertising.

What is the best thing about being a writer?

Being able to move people, touch their hearts.

What one item could you not live without?

My wife.

Tell us something that will shock your readers?

I find Parisians very polite, the pavements of Paris clean, and the taxi drivers pleasant!

What makes you happy?

The same reply as question 6.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

From my father: ‘People say that all work deserves a salary. That is wrong. All salaries deserve work.’

The members of my dream book club would be . . .

Those who still preserve something of their childhood. Those who have retained the capacity to wonder. Those who are not cynical and who like to laugh.

The First Thing You See is out on 10th September in hardback, ebook and audio. Read an extract now.

The First Thing You See is out on 10th September in hardback, ebook and audio.