An enchanting novel brimming with poignancy, humour, enchantment and insight, this is a stunning debut from an exciting new talent. Imagine an Audrey Hepburn film in the present day . . .
Deep in the hushed dimness of a second-hand bookshop, Louise Canova discovers a faded hardback. It is an A-Z of how to be elegant, written many years before by a Frenchwoman, Genevieve Antoine Dariaux. As she starts reading, the book's pages whisper something elusive: a way to face up to her unhappy marriage and recapture her self esteem.
'You can always tell the character of a woman by the care and attention she lavishes on the details of her dress'. From Accessories to Zippers, there is nothing that Madame Dariaux cannot rule upon. Her writing stirs up memories of mothers and daughters, friendships and lovers, and seems to Louise to contain a magic: a wisdom that remains timeless.
But changing her wardrobe is not enough. Can Louise pluck up the courage to take the real life lessons captured in the yellowing pages, and act upon them? And, finally, to leave behind Madame Dariaux and start to trust her own wisdom?
An enchanting, bittersweet novel that will touch every woman who has ever longed for a fairy godmother.