WHILE PARIS SLEPT

Available in the US, UK and Australia this Spring.  Full list of countries

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  "Historical fiction fans rejoice. A new voice has entered the arena and we think she’s one to watch...."    Woman & Home - Best Books 2021


"Headline Review has pre-empted world rights to the debut novel from Ruth Druart, with 11 international rights deals following for the “remarkable read”  Headline pre empts remarkable druart review - The Bookseller


"Both epic and intimate, this unexpected story of two couple's sacrifices in war-torn France had me completely and utterly enraptured. You'll have your heart in your mouth and tears on your cheeks as it reaches its rich, life-affirming conclusion."  - Louise Candlish, author 


"While Paris Slept made me think and cry and rage and smile at mankind's capacity for both beautiful, selfless love and terrible, heartbreaking cruelty. It is at once a story of wartime courage and desperation, and of the many ways in which war reverberates through people's lives for years after the fact. Prepare to question yourself and the characters in this novel, to wonder what you might have done in their place; in short, prepare to be thoroughly engrossed in this compelling book in which four adults and one child grapple with the true meaning of love and family." - Natasha Lester, New York Times Bestselling author


"What a book, I absolutely loved it. An ingenious plot, wonderful believable characters and it moved me to tears. A fabulous read'

- Lesley Pearse, author


"A heartbreaking debut. The novel delves into eternal questions: How far will we go to protect our child? Is love holding tightly or letting go?" - Janet Skeslien Charles, author of The Paris Library


"A powerful and poignant debut from a brilliant and bold new novelist. Expertly weaving together multiple story lines, author, Ruth Druart, fills each page with thrilling suspense, uncommon emotional depth, and fascinating characters. Fans of historical fiction should not miss this one." - Imogen Kealey, author of Liberation



International Publication Dates


UK (Headline Review) 4th Mar 2021

Australia (Hachette) 23rd Feb 2021

US (Grand Central Publishing) – Feb 23rd 2021

Italy (Garzanti) - Fall of 2021

Germany (Bastei Luebbe) – July 2021

France (City Editions) – May or June 2021

Spain (Suma de Letras) – Early 22.  

Norway (Vigmostad & Bjorke) – likely January 22.

Netherlands (Meulenhoff-Boekerij) – May 2021 tbc

Portugal (Planeta Portugal) -  April 21

Poland (Wydawnictwo Otwarte) – unknown

Hebrew (Yedioth) -  unknown

Hungary (Central Media) – March 2021

Romania (Grup Media Litera) – March 2021

Russia (AST) – End of February 2021

Serbia (Vulkan) – Summer 2021

Sweden (Norstedts) – End of February 21

Bulgaria (Ciela Norma) –unknown

Czech Republic (Euromedia) - Fall 2021

Slovakia (Ikar) - Fall 2021