Christmas presents for Francophiles

As the calendar edges ever closer to Christmas, have you experienced any of the following: 1. hope that the NHS will soon add mince pies and Christmas pudding to its ‘five a day’ list 2. eternal respect for anyone who knows how to cook the perfect turkey/sprouts/bread sauce 3. queasiness at the thought of starting…

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…

A La Télé: Disparue review (episodes 7 & 8)

In the time that’s passed between my last review of Disparue and this one, to say that quite a lot has happened would be a bit of an understatement. Just in the world of sport, it’s been a fairly packed couple of weeks. To give you a brief round-up … The England football squad have…

Best current French-language musicians

You could say that French music has had a bad press over the years. It doesn’t help that a huge chunk of the world now listens to British and American music, or to musicians who sing only in English. Quel dommage.  So perhaps there isn’t much of an appetite for songs sung in French …. or…

A La Télé: Disparue review (episodes 5 & 6)

I’ve had a few things on over the past couple of weeks, so unfortunately have neglected the blog a bit – je suis désolée! 😦 Now that everything’s back in order, here’s my review of episodes 5 and 6 of Disparue, the French crime series recently shown in the UK on BBC4. If you haven’t seen these…

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…

A La Télé: Disparue review (episodes 3 & 4)

As we get into the second week of this French-language series on BBC4, we’re in for another double bill of nervy tension and secrecy. If you missed the first two episodes, which are still available on BBC iPlayer until the end of the month, why not read my review here? At the start of episode…