We Recommend: Books

The Order of the Day by Eric Vuillard

Thu 10 Jan - Sun 10 Mar

Penguin Random House

Winner of the 2017 Prix Goncourt, this behind-the-scenes account of the manipulation, hubris, and greed that together led to Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria brilliantly dismantles the myth of an effortless victory.

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The Survival of the Jews in France: 1940-1944 by Jacques Semelin

Wed 16 Jan - Sat 16 Mar

Hurst Publishers

Renowned historian of genocide Jacques Semelin reconsiders French responses to the Nazis’ attempts to exterminate France’s Jewish population, exploring the enigma of how 75% of French Jews survived in spite of the collaboration of the Vichy regime.

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Hear Our Defeats by Laurent Gaudé

Wed 23 Jan - Sat 23 Mar

Europa Editions

Taking the reader across the battlefields of our past, Laurent Gaudé, 2004 Prix Goncourt-winner, reflects upon the implications of conflicts being waged today. A novel about the battles that define us. The battles lost, won, and those still being fought.

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Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime by Bruno Latour

Wed 30 Jan - Sat 30 Mar

Polity Books

Thinker Bruno Latour argues for a redefinition of politics as what leads toward the Earth and not toward the global or the national, insisting on the necessity to anchor political and personal decisions in the lived experience of "belonging" to a same Earth.

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Night by Bernard Minier

Wed 6 Feb - Sat 6 Apr

Hodder and Stoughton

Night is the thrilling new novel from award-winner Bernard Minier, following the steps of Detective Kirsten Nigaard and French policeman Martin Servaz as they chase Julian Hirtmann, a serial murderer on the run. But they also have to battle their own demons...

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Je t’aime by Véronique Mortaigne

Wed 13 Feb - Sat 13 Apr

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Coinciding with Valentine’s Day and the 50th anniversary of the legendary banned song Je t’aime… moi non plus, Véronique Mortaigne’s brilliantly-written book skilfully identifies the pairing of Gainsbourg and Birkin as an expression of the spirit of the age.

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Adèle by Leïla Slimani

Wed 20 Feb - Sat 20 Apr

Faber & Faber

Adèle appears to have the perfect life. A respected journalist, she lives in a flawless Parisian apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But beneath the veneer of ‘having it all’, Adèle is bored – and consumed by an insatiable need for sex.

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Happening by Annie Ernaux

Wed 27 Feb - Sat 27 Apr

Fitzcarraldo Editions

In 1963, Annie Ernaux, 23 and unattached, realises she is pregnant, in a France where abortion is still illegal. Understanding that her pregnancy will mark her and her family as social failures, she knows she cannot keep that child.

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Salt on my Skin by Benoîte Groult

Wed 6 Mar - Mon 6 May

World Editions

Set in France in the 1960s, the novel follows the passionate, life-long relationship between mismatched lovers: a Parisian intellectual and a Breton fisherman, brought together by lust, through love letters and exotics encounters.

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The Cracks in Our Armor by Anna Gavalda

Wed 13 Mar - Mon 13 May

Europa Editions

In this collection of short stories, all written in the first person, Gavalda explores ephemeral snippets of the lives of colourful characters, ranging from the trucker who puts his dog to sleep to the alcoholic widow who befriends a stranger.

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Book-Signing with Marianne Barcilon

Wed 13 Mar

Librairie La Page

Author and illustrator Marianne Barcilon will be at the Librairie la Page to present her latest work, Papy raconte n'importe quoi. She is also the author of the series Nina, Princesse and Gloups.

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Animalia by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo

Wed 20 Mar - Mon 20 May

Fitzcarraldo Editions

Animalia retraces the history of a modest peasant family through the twentieth century as they develop their small plot of land into an intensive pig farm. Five generations endure the cataclysm of war, economic disasters, and their own tendency to violence.

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Balco Atlantico by Jérôme Ferrari

Wed 27 Mar - Mon 27 May

Quercus Books

In a village square in Corsica, two stories intertwine: that of Stéphane Campana, an ardent nationalist, shot dead, and that of brother and sister Khaled and Hayet, who once dreamt of a better future and are now stranded on the island.

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No Place to Lay One’s Head by Françoise Frenkel

Wed 3 Apr - Mon 3 Jun

Pushkin Press

In 1921, Françoise Frenkel – a Jewish woman from Poland – opens her first bookshop in Berlin. It is a dream come true. But the rise of the Nazi regime means she has to flee, like so many others, all the way to Paris, then Nice, in order to survive.

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