Eric Neuhoff

Born 4 July 1956, Eric Neuhoff is a journalist and writer. After studying French literature, he became a journalist at the Quotidien de Paris, then the Figaro. He regularly appears on France Inter’s Le Fou du Roi radio show, and Le Masque et la Plume. Alongside his career in journalism, he has proven himself an accomplished writer, with around twenty publications to his name, including  “La Petite Française” (winner of the Prix Interallié) and “Un Bien Fou” (winner of the prestigious Grand Prix du Roman de l’Académie Française). Today he sits on the judging panel for the Interallié.

The novel

Santa Claus

Eric Neuhoff Sofitel Golfe d’Ajaccio Thalassa Sea & Spa

He’d really liked the araucaria trees. There were two of them standing in the middle of the lawn, green branches swaying in the breeze, silhouetted against the sea. It could have been a painting. Which artist could have produced this work? His knowledge of the subject was too flimsy for him to answer. At the bar, he sipped chestnut beer which didn’t really taste of chestnut. The triangular sail of a boat cast a shadow over the terrace. At the next table, a man who looked like the writer Bernard Frank was reading a Pléiade edition of Saint-Simon. He’s always been obsessed with checking out what people around him are reading. The difficulty lay in deciphering the title: you had to do it with the utmost discretion. Soon, iPads and the like will make this  kind of exercise impossible. It wasn’t yet high season and the hotel was half empty. It had been an awful winter, no question. The last…

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