The Suicide Shop

Written by Jean Teulé
The Suicide Shop, by Jean Teulé, Gallic Books, Sept. 2013


With the twenty-first century just a distant memory and the world in environmental chaos, many people have lost the will to live. And business is brisk at The Suicide Shop.

Run by the Tuvache family for generations, the shop offers an amazing variety of ways to end it all, with something to fit every budget.

The Tuvaches go mournfully about their business, taking pride in the morbid service they provide. Until the youngest member of the family threatens to destroy their contented misery by confronting them with something they’ve never encountered before: a love of life.

About the author

Jean Teulé lives in the Marais with his partner, the French film actress Miou-Miou. An illustrator, filmmaker and television presenter, he is also the prize-winning author of ten books including one based on the life of Verlaine. He has also written biographies of Rimbaud and François Villon. Gallic Books has published three of Teulé’s novels: the black comedy The Suicide Shop and two novels based around true historical events: the terrifying  Eat Him If You Like and bawdy tragi-comedy The Hurlyburly’s Husband.

Read an interview with Jean Teulé by The .


'A suicide shop that is full of life' Le Figaro

'A gently comic fable' Financial Times

'Jean Teulé presents the zany world of The Suicide Shop with just the right amount of humour ... and wraps up his story with a celebration of life.' Le Monde

'Original, irredeemably mocking and unexpectedly poignant; The Suicide Shop is a timeless classic. Teulé’s subtle and understated humour is exquisitely French and his ability to mix up the serious, the taboo, the comical and the tender displays a brilliance rarely seen.' The Truth About Books

‘an enjoyable, thought-provoking little book, with an original quirky style of its own’ Vulpes Libris

'Reading The Suicide Shop, and watching Alan attempt to win everyone round to his way of thinking, is an absolute delight. A perfect short read and a book that is guaranteed to become a cult classic' Meandmybigmouth

'As a fan of The Addams Family, The Suicide Shop charmed the socks off me' Chasing Bawa

'Those who like their comedy on the dark and ludicrous side will find much to tickle their funny bones. This snide, hilarious affirmation of life is to die for' Shelf Awareness

'Quirky, silly, delightfully light-hearted - the story rolls along with the comic timing of a French cabaret' Book Sexy Review

More info on Gallic Books website.

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