An evening with Ruth Druart

An Evening with Ruth Druart

On 28th January we’re delighted to welcome bestselling author Ruth Druart to the bookshop for a special event. Ruth grew up on the Isle of Wight and she’ll be chatting with Paul about her debut novel While Paris Slept, which has sold in 21 countries, as well as sharing insights into her writing process. It will be followed by Q and A with the audience and a book signing.

A Woman & Home Best Books of 2021, While Paris Slept is a heartbreaking piece of WW2 historical fiction.

Santa Cruz, 1953. Jean-Luc is a man on the run from his past. The scar on his face is a small price to pay for surviving the horrors of Nazi occupation in France. Now, he has a new life in California, a family. He never expected the past to come knocking on his door.


Paris, 1944. A young Jewish woman’s past is torn apart in a heartbeat. Herded onto a train bound for Auschwitz, in an act of desperation she entrusts her most precious possession to a stranger. All she has left now is hope.


On a darkened platform, two destinies become intertwined, and the choices each person makes will change the future in ways neither could have imagined.

Beautiful. Powerful. Unforgettable. A stunning portrait of the brutality of war and the tenacity of love. In the tradition of Virginia Baily’s Early One Morning, M. L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans and Heather Morris’s The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

Read a few five-star reviews below:

“I loved this novel. I’m still crying. A truly beautiful book that captures the meaning of parental love in all its forms. I highly recommend this book to all my book groups.”

“This book was beautiful – a book on love and courage, demonstrated in different ways, showing there is no one way to love or be brave. I was unable to stop reading.”

“I loved While Paris Slept. I finished the novel with tears in my eyes. An uplifting novel and will be great for book clubs.”

About Ruth

Interested in the inner workings of our minds, she studied psychology at Leicester University before moving to Paris in her early twenties and pursuing a career in international education. Fascinated by the number of plaques across the city about resistance fighters killed and Jewish families deported under occupation, she felt inspired to tell their story.

Book Now

In Conversation with Ruth Druart is being held on Friday 28th January between 7pm and 9pm. Tickets cost £3, which is refundable on purchase of the book at the event. Please book your ticket in advance (due to limited capacity) by calling the Medina Bookshop on 01983 300044 or popping into the bookshop.