We Recommend: Books

American Journal by Christine Montalbetti

Wed 23 May - Mon 23 Jul

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. Translated by Jane Kuntz.


Manderley Forever by Tatiana de Rosnay

Wed 30 May - Mon 30 Jul

Atlantic Books

In this startling and immersive new biography, bestselling French novelist Tatiana de Rosnay pays homage to Daphne du Maurier, the writer who influenced her deeply. Discover a vividly compelling portrait of a writer by another!


Small Country by Gaël Faye

Wed 6 Jun - Mon 6 Aug

Penguin Books

Gabriel is a 10-years old child living in a comfortable expat neighbourhood in Burundi in 1992. But his peaceful idyll shatters when his 'small country' is brutally hit by war and genocide. A luminous novel about the end of innocence translated by S. Ardizzone.


Vernon Subutex 2 by Virginie Despentes

Wed 13 Jun - Mon 13 Aug


Follow Vernon Subutex for a new episode across Paris, translated by Frank Wynne and published by MacLehose Press! Vernon Subutex 1 was shorlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2018.


The Years by Annie Ernaux

Wed 20 Jun - Mon 20 Aug

Fitzcarraldo Editions

Considered by many to be the iconic French memoirist’s defining work, The Years is a narrative of the period 1941 to 2006 told through the lens of memory, past and present impressions, cultural habits, language, photos, etc. - Translated by Alison L.Strayer.


Smoking Kills by Antoine Laurain

Thu 21 Jun - Tue 21 Aug

Gallic Books

How far would you go to enjoy a cigarette? In this witty black comedy, Laurain’s anti-hero can only make smoking pleasurable by committing the ultimate crime… - Translated by Louise Lalaurie Rogers.


The Gravediggers’ Bread by Frédéric Dard

Wed 4 Jul - Tue 4 Sept

Pushkin Press

Blaise is out of work and down on his luck when a chance encounter with a beautiful blonde has him hooked. He’ll do anything to stay by her side, even if it means working for her husband, a funeral director. But as everyone knows, three’s a crowd.


One Deadly Summer by Sébastien Japrisot

Wed 18 Jul - Tue 18 Sept

Gallic Books

Beautiful newcomer, Elle, has turned the head of every man in the village. But it’s Fiorimond, the local mechanic, who wants her more. After just one date she moves in with him and his family. But they have no idea that she is looking for revenge...