During a special evening “The favorite book of the French” broadcast on France 2 last Thursday, December 15, the channel unveiled the 25 favorite books of the French. To the classics of literature such as “Cyrano de Bergerac” by Edmond Rostand or “1984” by George Orwell, the more than 100,000 participants preferred a contemporary novel: “It’s high time to rekindle the stars”, by Virginie Grimaldi.
This three-voice story features a single mother who combines worries, and her two daughters who also have theirs: a 17-year-old teenager and a 12-year-old child.
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As the gap widens between them, the mother takes the initiative to take them by motorhome, towards Sweden, Norway and Finland.
Last spring, France Télévisions in partnership with the BBC launched a major survey, asking people to choose their favorite book, without any pre-established list. The only limit: the book had to be written or translated into French. Published in 2018, it was therefore Virginie Grimaldi’s novel that won the bet. A 45-year-old successful author and the second most widely read writer in France behind Guillaume Musso, her novels have been overflowing literature shelves since the bestseller “The first day of the rest of my life” in 2015. In “It’s high time to rekindle the stars”, she paints a family and feminine fresco which has obviously touched the hearts of many. Thanks to this new title of recognition, the book will be reissued in 40,000 copies with the mention “Book favorite of the French”. In a video posted on Instagram, the novelist is delighted with this classification, even if she feels a feeling of illegitimacy vis-à-vis the other literary works which appear on the list.
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Regarding the list of 25 books unveiled by France Télévisions, it is – as Virginie Grimaldi rightly says – eclectic. In any case, it gives a good overview of the contemporary literary landscape with works of all nationalities and genres. Children’s novels, mangas and comic strips rub shoulders with great classics of literature. In the top 5, just after the Bordeaux novel, we find the manga “One Piece” by Eiichiro Oda, “Harry Potter” by JK Rowling followed by the “Little Prince” by Alexandre Dumas and “Les Misérables” by Victor Hugo , good fifth.