Bookswarm has designed and built a new website for independent publisher Gallic Books. Gallic was founded by Managing Director, Jane Aitken, working with Editorial Director, Pilar Webb. Colleagues for many years at Random House UK, they are both committed francophiles.

In the five years since they began publishing the very best of French writing in English, Gallic’s range of titles has broadened significantly. This year they are introducing an exceptional author to their list, Pascal Garnier. They are also publishing original fiction for the first time with Jocelyne Rapinac’s Freedom Fries and Café Crème, a delightful collection of foodie short stories – with recipes attached! And they will continue to publish more from established authors, including Anna Gavalda, Guillaume Musso, François Lelord and Jean-François Parot.

Now that Gallic owns and runs its own bookshop, Belgravia Books, the brief was to create a new site with a clearer focus on the book trade – so we have built a streamlined catalogue site allowing easy browsing and searching. To simplify title data management as much as possible, the catalogue is uploaded by means of a simple spreadsheet, rather than having to be laboriously managed directly on the site – and, like Gallic’s previous site, the whole thing is based on WordPress for simple and effective content management.

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