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I carefully craft original composites from stock photography agencies (or from my own catalogue) that will bring this whimsical or dreamy dimension
and truly connect books to their potential readers.

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(The Nightwatch) by english writer Sarah Waters. Keywords : Tender, tragic, feats of heroism epic, ordinary, relationships, War II, London…

"The Night Watch leaves you with the sense of having read something rich and complex pared down with consummate skill by a first-class storyteller into a series of deceptively simple tales of love. (…)" – Evening Standard

Original photo : © Corbis



Suite Française by french writer Irène Némirovsky.

The manuscript of Suite Française was preserved by Denise Epstein, Némirovsky's daughter, who was 12 at the time of her parents' murder. (…) Almost 60 years later, Denise read the notebook and discovered that it contained not a diary, as she had always supposed, but a novel. (The Guardian review)

Original photo : portrait of Irène Nemirovsky. the writer. Original photo © Roger-Viollet.



Le Vaisseau ardent is a sci-fi novel written by french author J. C Marguerite.

Original photos : Getty Images, Roger Viollet.


La fille en rouge (The Girl in the Red Coat) , first novel of english writer Kate Hamer.
A young girl is abducted at a storytelling festival in a gripping debut about separation and grief. Keywords : thriller, 8-10 years girl, red coat, paranormal, mystery, grief, kidnapping, storytelling, police investigation, fog

The thing that happens, we might say, is storytelling: knitting the bits of tragedy and the scraps of painful experience into something with meaning. And this is what helps make The Girl in the Red Coat more than a standard thriller. What’s most powerful here is not whodunnit, or even why, but how this mother and daughter bear their separation, and the stories they tell themselves to help endure it. (The Guardian review)


(The Tattoo murder case) by japanese author Akimitsu Takagi. The novel was originally published in 1948 and it is is set against the backdrop of the illicit and sensuous art of full-body tattoos. These tattoos were often collected in one piece after the death of the bearer and displayed in museums, but an unusual murder takes place, and the canvas has been mutilated, the victim's tattoo stolen. 'Intricate, fantastic and utterly absorbing' - Kirkus Reviews
Keywords : tattoo, japan after war, underculture, illicit, underground, murder, body, female, obssession, collection, japanese


Ne t’approche pas (Don’t stand so close) by author Luana Lewis. Traumatized by her final case as a psychologist, Stella only feels truly safe hidden away in the isolated house she shares with her husband, Max. Then Blue appears in the middle of a snow-storm, begging to be let in. As secrets and lies gradually seep out of the young girl, Stella's tightly controlled world begins to unravel... Keywords : thriller, womanhood, teenager, family relationships, mansion, innocence, lies, trauma, marriage…


(The Anchoress) by Robin Cadwallader.. The heroine and narrator is a 17-year-old girl living in an English village in 1255, and by the end of the brief first chapter she is locked in the room where she is to remain for the rest of her life. Sarah is an anchoress, a holy woman maintained by the lord of the manor in a small stone hermitage attached to the village church, where she spends her days and nights in prayer for her community. Keywords : medieval, womanhood, servant, purity, belief

This ambitious debut plays gracefully with 13th-century ideas about gender, power and writing (…) there are other pleasures, of a subtle and delicate kind. Sarah is a likable and engagingly complicated narrator, seeming much older than a modern 17-year-old but facing some familiar difficulties in a world where she is perceived primarily as a sexual object defined, even or especially after incarceration, by her virginity and her beauty. Cadwallader’s prose is never startling, but she is good on embodiment and materiality (The Guardian review)

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(Lying in Wait) by irish author Liz Nugent. This second novel went straight to number 1 in the Irish Bestseller lists, remaining there for nine weeks and spent eight months in the top ten. Lying in Wait may be set in the 1980s, but it’s a story that feels rooted in a form hundreds of years old, and has all the elements of a precautionary fable found in the classic folktales of Charles Perrault. A complex plot rich in subtext allows Nugent to explore female sexuality, the roots of childhood psychosis, and the unacknowledged but very real layers of class distinction in Ireland, all of it wrapped up in an emotionally nuanced tale of betrayal, murder, and unbearable loss.
Keywords : motherhood, toxic parents, childhood, mansion, evil, trauma, mystery, perversion, crime

Irish Examiner review