Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Help! Calling all book detectives...

Here are the clues:

Set in France.

Was Radio 4 book at bedtime about four years ago.

The story concerns a painter who has to travel a great deal to collect materials for a particular dye/colour that he uses for his paintings.

The title of the novel is the name of this colour/dye.

The painter has an affair with someone while he is on his travels.

Those are the clues.

If anyone can work out what the book is then they will win a special prize...

17 comments:

  1. Colour of Heaven, by James Runcie ? All about a man who travels to find lapis lazuli, which is then turned into ultramarine...

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  2. There is a strong possibility that this is the book...

    Not set in France but it IS set in other places (Venice/China etc)

    Will try the customer and let you know.

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  3. Isn't it Silk by Alessandro Barrico? Set in France, about a man who goes to China to buy silk, and falls in love with a woman there... Last time I checked it was on the table at C&P.

    And to think you let me go.

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  4. Silk isn't a colour!

    I will try both of these with the customer...

    In fact I'll call her now and let you know the result!

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  5. Aaaargh...voicemail.

    I'll keep you posted...

    Who will win the "special" prize?

    The Bookseller or the "struggling" author?

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  6. Silk may not be a colour but Venice is not in France either... I wanna win! I wanna win!

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  7. Actually I woke up this morning and thought, Silk...

    But I'm sticking with Venice and COLOUR...and painting.

    Man, I can taste that prize.

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  8. Still no word from our customer.

    The tension mounts.

    In the office sits a prize, a glittering prize...

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  9. She just called...

    And the winner is...

    Colour of Heaven! (She thinks)

    And guess what! It's reprinting!

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  10. Jonathan - yoou are the winner!

    (Booksellers 1 - Authors 0)

    Your prize is an Emma Bridgewater tea towel that celebrates the Queens 8th birthday!

    Well done!

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  11. I said I could taste it.

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  12. I'm a bit hurt that I've been dumped so quickly as a bookseller. I was one of you once, you may recall. Of course, you may choose not to recall, when I'm so far off the mark. Consarnnit.

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  13. We'll call you whatever you put on your passport. So, is that Bookseller or Best-selling Writer?

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  14. OI ! You nicked that Emma Bridgewater Tea Towel from one of our Goody bags.

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  15. Err, I'd rather not be done for receiving if it's all the same with you guys...

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  16. Marie - All the booksellers I know would secretly love to be authors. Don't tell me the reverse is also true!

    Susan - Your excellent goody bags were much appreciated by us and our customers.

    Jonathan - You are the champion, you are the champion, no time for losers 'cos you are the champion - tea towell in the post today...

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