5 French books you must read!

As it was World Book Day last week, it seems timely to write a post on French literature, so I’ve put together a guide here to French books that you must read.  All of the books mentioned here can be found on US and UK Amazon (and of course French Amazon) and in good bookshops. …

Bookworms’ Corner: Dans le Jardin de l’Ogre review 

Cette nuit, elle en a rêvé et n’a pas pu se rendormir. Un rêve moite, interminable, qui s’est introduit en elle comme un souffle d’air chaud. Adèle ne peut plus penser qu’à ça.  Elle se lève, boit un café très fort dans la maison endormie. Debout dans la cuisine, elle se balance d’un pied sur…

Word of the Week – ‘Rat de bibliothèque’

Word of the Week: It’s all things book and literature-related this week, as we look at one of my favourite words, ‘rat de bibliothèque’. How to pronounce it: ‘Ra duh bib-lee-oh-tek’. What it means in English: Its literal translation into English is ‘library rat’, but a more common translation would be ‘bookworm’. Where does it…

Bookworms’ Corner: Chanson Douce review 

La nounou est comme ces silhouettes qui, au théâtre, déplacent dans le noir le décor sur la scène [….] Louise s’agite en coulisses, discrète et puissante.  Leïla Slimani, Chanson Douce (2016) A nanny is like one of the shadowy figures that, in the theatre, moves the scenery around on the stage. […] Louise twists and turns…

Bookworms’ Corner: En Attendant Bojangles review

When I was in London a couple of months ago, I couldn’t resist popping into Foyles on Charing Cross Road to while away some time browsing their books. Along with Selfridges, Foyles is a place that I could quite happily set up home in. Whenever I watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Audrey Hepburn’s character Holly…

Bookworms’ Corner: Au Revoir Là-Haut review

Pierre Lemaitre: Au Revoir Là-Haut What is it: First published in 2013, the book Au Revoir Là-Haut won the Prix Goncourt, one of France’s most famous literary prizes, in the same year. It has now been translated into English under the title The Great Swindle, which refers to the plans made by its protagonists as…