Marc Levy

Country : France
Published Date : 24/11/2012

"Coincidence is the shape God takes when he goes under-cover..."
Jean Cocteau

In a romantic comedy worthy of Frank Capra, in a parody of Good and Evil, Marc Levy delivers an irresistible tale of two characters worlds apart, destined never to meet… for He has the charm of the devil… She, the strength of an angel…

God and Lucifer finally agree on something: they are worn out by their eternal bickering and would like to determine -- once and for all - who of the two of them should reign over mankind and the world. The ground rules of their final showdown are simple and strict: each camp will send their best agent to earth for seven days, if God's angel achieves more Good than the Devil's demon does Bad, then God will take definitive control over humanity… and vice versa.

God and Lucifer agree to set the challenge in San Francisco, and choose their respective emissaries. God -- or rather Sir, as he is known by his loyal team -- appoints Zofia. She is feisty, efficient and ambitious, in a wholesome way. Meanwhile Lucifer -- or rather the President -- reluctantly chooses Lucas from his list of shifty candidates.

Zofia starts off nervous about the daunting task that lies ahead of her. She knows all too well that Good is most powerful when expressed through little gestures of everyday life, and over time, rather than "staged" in a rush. Lucas meanwhile relishes the challenge and is already plotting the financial and social demise of the city … Lucas has no scruples - he does not even know what a scruple is.

On the evening of the first day, Lucas and Zofia's paths cross in a local deli near the docks. Neither of them has any idea who the other is. For Lucas, this stranger's striking looks and innocent glow make her a most attractive conquest… He adds to his "task list" the wooing of this woman who seems too good to be true.

Instinctively Zofia does not trust this smooth-talking man, and yet when she looks into his tortured eyes she cannot help feeling sorry for him. She succumbs to his request to go for dinner the following day - which turns out to be a disaster - and although she resolves never to see him again, is surprised at how much she enjoys his (quirky) company. The more time she spends with him, the more she wants to save this lost soul…

Author's biography - Marc LEVY

Marc Levy was born in France on October 16th, 1961. When he turned eighteen, he joined the Red Cross, where he spent the next six years. In parallel, he studied management and computer programming at Paris-Dauphine University. In 1983, he created a computer graphics company based in France and the United States.

Six years later, he lost majority control of the group and resigned. Starting again from scratch, he returned to Paris and co-founded an interior design and planning company with two friends; the company soon became one of the leading office architecture firms in France.

At thirty-seven, Marc Levy wrote a story for the man that his son would grow up to be. In early 1999, his sister, a screenwriter (now a film director), encouraged him to send the manuscript to Editions Robert Laffont, who immediately decided to publish If Only It Were True. Before it was published, Steven Spielberg (Dreamworks) acquired film rights to the novel. The movie,  Just like Heaven, produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo, was a #1 box office hit in America in 2005.

After If Only It Were True, Marc Levy began writing full-time. All of his novels have hit the top of the best-seller list in France. They are also very successful internationally and are consistently on the bestseller list in several countries including Germany, China, Italy, Russia, and Spain.

If Only It Were True, 2000 (adapted for film in 2005)

Finding You, 2001 (adapted for television in 2007)

Seven Days for an Eternity, 2003

In Another Life, 2004

If Only It Were True 2, 2005

London Mon Amour, 2006 (adapted to film in 2008)

Children of Freedom, 2007

All Those Things We Never Said, 2008.

The First Day, 2009

The First Night, 2009 (the sequel to The First Day)

The Shadow Thief, 2010

The Strange Journey of Mr. Daldry, 2011

Replay, 2012

Stronger than fear, 2013 

Another Idea of Happiness, 2014

Elle & Lui, 2015

Hope, 2016

The Last of the Stanfields, 2017

Une Fille Comme Elle, 2018


His latest novel, Ghost in Love, will be published in France on May 14, 2019.


The combined sales of Marc Levy's seventeen novels, translated into 49 languages, have surpassed the 40 million copy mark worldwide. Marc Levy is the most read French author in the world. (Source for all rankings and figures: Ipsos/Livres Hebdo/Le Figaro)

Marc Levy has also written short stories and directed a short film for Amnesty International, Nabila's Letter, screened in March 2004. In addition, he has written song lyrics for various artists including Johnny Hallyday.


Around the World

Avaible in 19 languages.

Brazil : Bertrand Brasil
Bulgaria : Uniscorp
China (Simplified) : Shanghai Translation
Germany : Droemer Knaur
Greece : Modern Times
Italy : Corbaccio
Japan : PHP Institute
Korea : Bookhouse
Latin America : Ediciones B Bailen
Macedonia : AEA Izdavaci
Poland : Muza
Portugal : Pergaminho
Romania : Editura Trei
Russia : Atticus
Spain : Ediciones B Bailen
Taiwan : Eurasian
Thailand : Amarin
Turkey : Can Yayinlari
Vietnam : Nha Nam


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