The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain, is one of the books chosen by the Duchess of Cornwall on her Instagram bookclub. I requested the book from the library and collected it from the mobile library that calls every four weeks just down the road from where I live, (in fact I can step onto the path outside my house and see if the van has arrived so I don't have to hang about on the side of the road waiting for it).
Laurent owns a bookshop in Paris and one day he finds an abandoned handbag, he trys to take it to the police but they aren't interested so he ends up taking it home. He then decides that he wants to return it to its owner and so this love story begins. The redbook, he finds in the bag, gives him the first clue to find the owner.
It is a short novel of only 159 pages, but it is funny and poignant and certainly worth the time to read it, I loved it. It is translated from French, but if I hadn't known that I wouldn't have thought anything about it.
I use to collect spoons, I would buy one as a souvenir from places I visited, people gave them to me too. I had them hanging on this, in my bedroom with a selection of the spoons on it. I haven't got around to hanging it in my new house. I bet you can guess where I got it from??