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I PROMISE YOU FREEDOM (working title)

Laurent Gounelle

  • Original Title: JE TE PROMETS LA LIBERTÉ
  • Publication date: October 2018
  • Publisher: CALMANN-LEVY
  • Country: FR
  • 320 print pages
  • Dramedy


  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 21st century, 20th century
  • Location setting: France
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Reinventing oneself, Personal fulfilment, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Friendship, FAMILY, Intergenerational, Life choice, Identity crisis, Looking back on one's life, Resilience, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Rivalry, Social relations, Diversity, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge


A coach novel, in which a journalist rediscovers freedom thanks to an older woman, Sybille, who has worked in music halls. She decides to tell him about her experience with an Egyptian hypnotizer, Oscar, who introduced her to an ancient theory about patterns of personality.


Translation rights sold: under option in 19 countries, including UK, US, Germany and Italy

Laurent Gounelle is an internationally best-selling French author whose books have been sold in over 23 countries. He is a personal development specialist who trained in humanities at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Sam, a journalist, interviews an iconic old singer, Sybille. She decides to exclusively tell him about her experience with an Egyptian hypnotizer, Oscar, belonging to a secret fraternity, who has introduced her to an ancient theory, according to which there only are nine patterns of personality each individual can fit in. With Oscar, she tests all the nine personalities, experiencing their effects on her professional and private life, as she intends to find the most adapted to her, though finally acknowledging they all have flaws and qualities.

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