It doesn’t have to be a straight translation of the existing title which, after all, is a play on words in English and probably wouldn’t translate well anyway. What I’m looking for is something eye-catching and funny. The English version has the subtitle ‘One man’s move to France with too many animals and an identity thief,’ which I’d like to replicate.
So I’m thinking ‘Ein Frankreichumzug mit zuvielen Tieren, und einem Identitätsdieb’ might do the trick as the subtitle. Now the question is, is it strong enough and eye-catching enough on its own or does it need a short title to go with it?
One suggestion is Wir sind Engländer: Ein Frankreichumzug mit zuvielen Tieren, und einem Identitätsdieb which is close to the original title of Nous Sommes Anglais.
I’m looking for other suggestions.
For those not familiar with the book it’s a fun ‘moving to France’ memoir with lots of animals behaving badly and then – when my identity is stolen and our life savings liquidated – we find ourselves abandoned by the police forces of four countries who all insist the crime belongs in another country’s jurisdiction. So I have to solve the case myself. Which I do, driving back and forth across the Pyrenees, tracking down faxes, interviewing bar staff and bank managers. But, unlike fictional detectives, I have an 80 year-old mother-in-law and an excitable puppy who insist they come along if I’m going anywhere interesting – like a stakeout.
It’s been a bestseller in the UK, US and France (where it entered the top 100 of all ebooks sold in France even though it was written in English!) and now I’m hoping it’ll do well in Germany. It’s also part of our continuing Book View Cafe experiment. We’ve published over 150 books so far, now we’re looking at foreign language editions. I’m not sure if French Fried will be our first – I’m looking at you, Sherwood:) – but I’m sure it won’t be our last.
An Unsafe Pair of Hands – a quirky murder mystery set in rural England charting the descent and rise of a detective on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Which will break first? The case, or DCI Shand?
Medium Dead – a fun urban fantasy chronicling the crime fighting adventures of Brenda – a reluctant medium – and Brian – a Vigilante Demon with an impish sense of humour. Think Stephanie Plum with magic and a dash of Carl Hiaasen.