This is Laurain’s more famous novel and it’s very cleverly told. President Mitterrand turns up at a restaurant in Paris with his entourage. They sit at a table next to a man who’s having dinner alone – Daniel Mercier, an accountant. When the President leaves, he forgets his hat and Daniel decides to keep it. Wearing it, he feels different. His life improves. The story, believe it or not, then follows the fortunes of the hat and all those who wear. Can a felt hat that belongs to a president really transform lives?
Beautifully told, it will make you smile. It’s a quick read and a lovely one. Enjoy it.