"THE CHATEAU by WILLIAM MAXWELL was first published in 1961 and, along with many of Maxwell's novels, was reissued by Harvill Press in the 1990s. The book tells the story of a wealthy young American couple visiting France in 1945. It is a beautifully detailed portrait of the young couple and their never perfectly comfortable relationships with the French people they meet - as well as a picture, filtered through a cleverly indirect lens, of a country and people emerging from the ravages of war."
Eachday until December 24th an author featured at TVFH over the last few years tells us of their favourite read of 2009 in our Author Advent. You'll have to provide your own chocolates and there's no little door to open, but you could try placing your hand over your eyes and then removing it again. Authors include the likes of Julian Barnes, Iain Banks, Paul Torday, Patrick Gale and Marina Lewycka.And for those of you who like lists, we'll list them all on December 29th.