Title: President's Hat, The
Authors: Laurain, Antoine
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 200
Year: 2012
Publisher: Gallic Books
Language: English
Description: When Daniel Mercier's eyes alight on an abandoned black felt hat in a Paris restaurant, it's not just any old hat; it belongs to none other than President Francois Mitterrand. And that's not all: surprising things happen to wearers of the hat, so discovers Daniel and the next temporary custodian, and the next ...

Entertaining and charmingly nostalgic, this story of destiny is a delightfully whimsical Gallic adventure. Translated from the French.

Categories: Fiction, Relationships, Short read, Translation, Uplifting, France, Light read, 2017 Titles, Group favourites


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By: CHCH 486 2021-06-10 16:28:06
This one was enjoyed by most in the group. It was a fairly easy read, with short chapters relating to each character and their interactions with The Hat! Many in our group have visited France and felt the more you know about the country - it’s culture, customs and social mores and you remember the 1980s, the more you will likely appreciate this novel.

By: WANAK 010 2021-04-07 21:06:16
All our group enjoyed this book. A light, easy read that kept us entertained. Well structured, good flow, almost like reading a series of short stories. Led to lots of stories about trips some of us had made to France.

By: WHANG 023 2020-10-16 23:17:42
A work of whimsy, entertaining and well liked in our group. Easy to read and enjoy, you do not have to work at this one, a great summer read.

By: CHCH 240 2020-04-24 12:07:32
How such an important hat could create such a story! Members were especially intrigued by the technique that every chapter seemed to stand on its own, as a short story with just the HAT joining them together. Quite quirky/whimsical, easy to read, and artistically written. A lovely insight to French life - so very French! A very enjoyable book.

By: ONAWE 001 2019-11-28 19:31:34
All but one of our group really enjoyed this book, lighthearted and easy to read to wind up our BDS year. Soo entertaining, liked the way he brought the new characters into the story. Short chapters, several laugh out loud moments, one member didn’t enjoy as found it too light, but this was contrary to the rest of us. A great insight into French habits and culture. Highly recommend.

By: MARTIN 003 2018-10-17 10:45:12
An easy entertaining read. A refreshingly different style than most books which made a nice change. Some members had favourite chapters.

By: TAUP 003 2018-08-29 13:02:43
Such an entertaining book. Very good notes and questions.

By: TAUR 009 2018-08-29 13:01:33
A great read! Funny, interesting and totally different. Everyone enjoyed this book and a great discussion followed via the questions actually presented at the back of the book. Would recommend to other groups.

By: CHCH 031 2018-08-29 12:59:40
Whimsical. A light, happy read. Great for francophiles and those who remember the 1980s fashion and art scenes with great fondness.

By: GOVER 001 2018-08-29 12:57:27
A charming fable - we all enjoyed Laurain's clever and creative ways of telling it.

By: ALEXA 003 2018-08-29 12:56:28
We loved this book! So funny, witty, entertaining and so French! And it made us all think how differently we behave and feel when we dress in something new and different.

By: AUCK 255 2018-07-25 22:39:08
Delightful quick easy read enjoyed by all. Generated surprisingly varied discussion on a range of topics from art and politics to mistresses and social class.

By: WELL 012 2018-05-16 13:38:50
"Lite", but lovely. Lots of travellers' tales. Most enjoyed as a distraction - and it reminded us of the movie 'Amelie'.

By: CHCH 058 2018-05-16 13:35:47
All found the book charming, quirky, engaging and thoroughly entertaining. Descriptions included 'intriguing' and 'perspicacious'. We admired the skill of the translator(s). Some inconsistencies or omissions were noticed but did not alter the collective enjoyment.

By: NAP 005 2018-05-16 13:30:19
Most enjoyed the book - a light hearted easy read. Quite a bit of discussion around the politics of the time.

By: NELS 017 2018-05-16 13:18:52
We enjoyed it. An easy read and a good story.

By: AUCK 332 2018-05-16 13:18:04
Our group found this read charming, entertaining, different and very French. The irony and humour were not lost in translation and the book came to a satisfying ending, finishing full circle with a nice twist at the end.

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