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Stalin’s Meteorologist by Olivier Rolin

Thu 28 Sep - Thu 28 Dec

Harvill Secker

The story of Alexey Wangenheim – a celebrated meteorologist – hailed by Stalin as a national hero, who suddenly finds himself sent to gulag, from where he sent letters and beautiful drawings to his wife and his four-year-old daughter which tell his fate.

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Revolution by Emmanuel Macron

Thu 16 Nov - Sun 11 Feb

Scribe

In Revolution, Emmanuel Macron, the youngest president in the history of France, reveals his personal history and his inspirations, and discusses his vision of France and its future in a new world that is undergoing a ‘great transformation’ that has not been experienced since the invention of the printing press and the Renaissance.

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The Influence Peddlers by Hédi Kaddour

Thu 30 Nov - Tue 30 Jan

Yale University Press

Gather together French colonialists, young nationalists & local Maghreb leaders in a small North African city of the 1920s. Bring a collection of brash American filmmakers & celebrities into the picture. Dangerous cultural collisions are the inevitable result!

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Freedom Hospital: A Syran Story by Hamid Sulaiman

Thu 30 Nov - Tue 30 Jan

Penguin Books

It is spring 2012 and 40,000 people have died since the start of the Syrian Arab Spring. In the wake of this, Yasmin has set up a clandestine hospital in the north of the country. As the months pass, the situation becomes increasingly complex and violent...

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Storms Under the Skin: Selected Poems (1927-1954) by Henri Michaux

Thu 30 Nov - Tue 30 Jan

Two Rivers Press

Poet and artist Henri Michaux (1899-1984) was one of the most original and influential figures of twentieth century French poetry. In his vividly strange narratives Michaux creates a dream-like, mercurial world of wry invention unlike any other...

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Backup by Paul Colize

Mon 11 Dec - Sun 11 Feb

Oneworld

Berlin, 1967: four members of the British rock band Pearl Harbor die at the same time but in separate locations. Inexplicably, the police conclude natural causes are to blame. Brussels, 2010: A homeless man is hit by a car outside the Gare du Midi...

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Seven Stones by Vénus Khoury-Ghata

Mon 11 Dec - Sun 11 Feb

Jacaranda Books

Noor, a humble village woman, has been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, but a French charity worker is determined to save her from her fate. Set in the Sahel desert this novel explores the complexity of cultural traditions and cross cultures.

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Lullaby by Leila Slimani

Tue 9 Jan - Fri 9 Mar

Faber & Faber

When Myriam decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect caretaker for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise but the couple and nanny become more and more dependent on each other...

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Afua Hirsch in conversation with Leila Slimani

Mon 15 Jan

Dulwich Books

Writer, broadcaster and barrister Afua Hirsch will be in conversation with internationally acclaimed author and French Minister Leila Slimani, first Moroccan woman to win the Prix Goncourt in 2016 about Lullaby, her first book to be translated into English.

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Economics for the Common Good by Jean Tirole

Tue 23 Jan - Fri 23 Mar

Princeton University Press

To show how economics can help us realise the common good, Nobel Winner Jean Tirole shares his insights on a broad array of questions affecting our everyday lives and the future of our society, including global warming, unemployment, financial crisis...

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Your Father’s Room by Michel Déon

Tue 30 Jan - Fri 30 Mar

Gallic Books

Édouard (Michel Déon’s real name) looks back on his 1920s childhood spent in Paris and Monte Carlo. Within a bourgeois yet unconventional upbringing, ‘Teddy’, must deal with not just the universal trials of growing up, but also a sudden tragedy in his family.

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Woman at Sea by Catherine Poulain

Tue 13 Feb - Fri 13 Apr

Jonathan Cape

Lili is a runaway. Her search takes her to Kodiak, Alaska, home to a ragtag community of fishermen, army vets and drifters who man the island’s fishing fleet. Despite her tiny frame, faltering English and lack of experience, Lili lands a job on board!

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American Journal by Christine Montalbetti

Tue 20 Feb - Fri 20 Apr

Dalkey Archive Press

Beginning as a road novel reuniting Donovan and Tom Lee, old friends from their college days, Christine Montalbetti’s novel quickly becomes a playfully unpredictable exploration of American culture.

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A Walk Through Paris by Eric Hazan

Tue 27 Feb - Fri 27 Apr

Verso Books

A walker’s guide to Paris, taking us through its past, present and possible futures. Filled with historical anecdotes, geographical observations and literary references, Hazan’s walk guides us through an unknown Paris.

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How I Lose You by Kate McNaughton

Tue 6 Mar - Sun 6 May

Doubleday

What happens to a story when it ends too soon? When Eva and Adam fall into bed one Friday night, tired and happy after drinks with friends, they have their whole lives ahead of them. But then their story ends.

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