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The Prince's Boy

(2014)
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In May 1927, nineteen-year-old Dinu Grigorescu, a skinny boy with literary ambitions, is newly arrived in Paris. He has been sent from Bucharest, the city of his childhood, by his wealthy father to embark upon a bohemian adventure and relish the unique pleasures of Parisian life.

An innocent in a new city, still grieving the sudden loss of his beloved mother Elena seven years earlier, Dinu is encouraged to enjoy la vie de Boheme by his distant cousin, Eduard. But tentatively, secretly, Dinu is drawn to the Bains du Ballon d'Alsace, a notorious establishment rumoured to offer the men of Paris, married or otherwise, who enjoy something different, everything they crave. It is here that he meets Razvan, a fellow Romanian, the adopted child of a man of refinement - a prince's boy - whose stories of Proust and other artists entrance Dinu, and who will become the young man's teacher in the ways of the world.

At a distance of forty years, and written in London, his refuge from the horrors of Europe's early twentieth-century history, Dinu's memoir of his brief spell in Paris is one of exploration and rediscovery. The love that blossomed that sunlit day in such inauspicious and unromantic surroundings would transcend lust, separation, despair and even death to endure a lifetime. This is a work of extraordinary sensual delicacy, an exquisite novel from one of our most celebrated writers.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 2014 : USA Hardback
Title: The Prince's Boy: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Bailey
ISBN: 1-62040-719-1 / 978-1-62040-719-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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March 2014 : UK Hardback
Title: The Prince's Boy
Author(s): Paul Bailey
ISBN: 1-4088-5189-X / 978-1-4088-5189-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

March 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: The Prince's Boy
Author(s): Paul Bailey
ISBN: 1-4088-5195-4 / 978-1-4088-5195-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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Kindle Editions

October 2014 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Prince's Boy: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Bailey
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   

March 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Prince's Boy
Author(s): Paul Bailey
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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