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‘Unsettling, addictive, and razor-sharp, Francesca Reece is a devastatingly compelling new voice in literary fiction’ Louise O’Neill

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PARIS AND SOUTH. PART-TIME.


Leah, a young woman who has found herself ‘ambitioned’ out of London, is now aimlessly adrift in Paris. Tired of odd jobs in cafés and teaching English to unresponsive social media influencers, her heart skips a beat when she spots an advert for a writer seeking an assistant.

Michael was once the bright young star of the London literary scene, now a washed-up author with writer’s block. He doesn’t place much hope in the advert, but after meeting Leah is filled with an inspiration he hasn’t felt in years.

When Michael offers Leah the opportunity to join him and his family in their rambling but glorious property in the south of France for the summer, she finally feels her luck is turning. But as she begins to transcribe the diaries from his debauched life in 1960s Soho, something begins to nag at Leah’s sense of fulfilment; that there might be more to Michael than meets the eye.

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Reviews

A sultry, summery book . . . devastatingly witty, compulsively readable . . . like Sally Rooney meeting Martin Amis in Paris
Francine Toon, author of PINE
Voyeur is a salty, sultry exploration of desire and aspiration. It fractures fragile masculinity and illuminates the traces of the past in the present. It is wry, funny and wild, yet warns us of the dangers of a singular narrative and shows us the importance of being the protagonist of your own story
Jessica Andrews, author of SALTWATER
Unsettling, addictive, and razor-sharp, Francesca Reece is a devastatingly compelling new voice in literary fiction
Louise O'Neill
Set to rule the literary summer
Sunday Times Style
For fans of Naoise Dolan's Exciting Times, this is sultry antidote to our Groundhog Year
Elle 'Dazzling Debuts'
If your hopes of heading to Provence this summer are looking in jeopardy, Francesca Reece's sizzling summer debut is a one way ticket to the South of France . . . As the title suggests, it's a story about the ways men and women watch one another, and the things we project onto people when we're only seeing what we want to see
Esquire
From Paris to the South of France, with narrative strands that wind beautifully through London's Soho and the hot streets of Athens, Voyeur seems as though it may be your standard airport novel: scandals in sunny climes. But Francesca Reece's stirring debut is much more than the sum of its wanderlust parts
Harper's Bazaar
Tense and sultry... addictive... With a complicated love triangle, glamorous settings, a cast of enigmatic characters and a mystery that will keep you guessing right until the end, it's a genuinely thrilling summer holiday read
Stylist
A smart and atmospheric debut, VOYEUR explores class, memory and the male gaze
Big Issue North
A gripping debut
Irish Examiner
An idyllic villa by the sea in the south of France is the setting for much of VOYEUR, a smart debut novel from Francesca Reece
The Gloss
A sultry novel that shimmers with suspense and a strong sense of period and time
Daily Mail