We Recommend: Books

Now, Now, Louison by Jean Frémon

Wed 19 Sept - Wed 19 Dec

Les Fugitives

Progressing by image and word associations, Frémon evokes Bourgeois's history and inner life, bringing a sense of fascinating and moving proximity to the internationally renowned artist... This is a phosphorescent account of Bourgeois’s life.


Tropic of Violence by Nathacha Appanah

Wed 17 Oct - Mon 17 Dec


Marie, a nurse on the island of Mayotte, adopts a baby abandoned by refugees and names him Moïse. But when she dies, Moïse is left alone, plunged into uncertainty and turmoil, set on a collision course with the gangs of the largest slum on Mayotte: Gaza.


The Life Intense: A Modern Obsession by Tristan Garcia

Wed 24 Oct - Mon 24 Dec

Edinburgh University Press

Our lives today are oppressed by the demand that we feel and experience with ever greater intensity. Garcia argues that such intensity rarely lives up to its promise. It always comes at a price: one that defines the ethical predicament of contemporary life.


Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants by Mathias Enard

Wed 31 Oct - Mon 31 Dec

Fitzcarraldo Editions

In 1506, Michelangelo is invited by the sultan of Constantinople to design a bridge over the Golden Horn. The sultan has offered the promise of immortality, since Leonardo da Vinci’s design was rejected. Then begins his epic project in the Ottoman Empire...


The Mental Load by Emma

Wed 7 Nov - Mon 7 Jan

Seven Stories Press

In her first book, Emma reflects on social and feminist issues by means of simple line drawings, dissecting the mental load, i.e. all that invisible and unpaid organizing, list-making and planning women do to manage their lives, and the lives of their family.


Drawing Europe Together by Forty-Five European Illustrators

Wed 14 Nov - Mon 14 Jan

Pan Macmillan

Are we still United in Diversity? Forty-five illustrators exhibit their powerful illustrations of the European Union's shared past and our unsure future. From Brexit bees to wall-jumping bulls, it is a unique collection portraying the European community...


Ascension by Victor Dixen

Wed 21 Nov - Fri 21 Dec

Bonnier Zaffre - Hot Key Books

Six girls, six boys in the two separate bays of a single spaceship. They have six minutes each week to seduce and to make their choices, under the eye of cameras. They are the contenders in the Genesis programme, the world's craziest speed-dating show ever.


Édouard Glissant, A Poetics of Resistance by Sam Coombes

Wed 28 Nov - Mon 28 Jan


Sam Coombes offers an analysis of Glissant's thought, setting out the reasons why his vision for a world of intercultural interaction reflects and seeks to provide a correction to some of the leading tendencies associated with contemporary theory today.


The Arab of the Future III by Riad Sattouf

Wed 5 Dec - Tue 5 Feb

Hodder & Stoughton

After having followed her husband to Libya and then to Syria, Riad's mother can't take any more of village life in Ter Maaleh: she wants to go back to France. Young Riad sees his father torn between his wife's aspirations and the weight of family traditions...


Lévi-Strauss, A Biography by Emmanuelle Loyer

Wed 12 Dec - Tue 12 Feb


In this award-winning biography, historian Emmanuelle Loyer recounts Lévi-Strauss’s childhood in an assimilated Jewish household, his promising student years as well as his first forays into political and intellectual movements.