Who You Think I Am

Who’s Who? Who Knows...

April 27, 2017 | Fiction | By Heidi Ellison

The first long section of Camille Laurens’ novel Celle que Vous Croyez, translated into English as Who You Think I Am (Other Press), draws you deeply into the story as the narrator, Claire, a divorced single mother, relates a twisted … Read More


Extraordinary Ordinary Lives

January 18, 2017 | Fiction | By Nick Hammond

Yasmina Reza is best known as a playwright, with worldwide successes such as Art (1994), currently enjoying a second run on the West End London stage (a rare distinction for a living French writer), and God of Carnage (2006), which was staged both in London and on Broadway, and was made into the film Carnage by Roman Polanski in 2011. In France, however, Reza also maintains a distinguished reputation as a novelist. Her latest offering, her eighth novel, Babylone, recently won the coveted Renaudot literary prize.

The Cost of Courage

Fighting the War From the Inside

July 1, 2015 | Non-fiction | By Heidi Ellison

One aspect of the popular international sport of France-bashing involves attacks on the country’s collaborationist record during World War II, so it is refreshing to be reminded occasionally that collaboration was not the whole story and that there were many … Read More

Who Knows Tomorrow

A Life Transformed

April 3, 2015 | Non-fiction | By Claudia Barbieri

In December 2002, fashionista and design writer Lisa Lovatt-Smith threw over a high-flying career at Vogue magazine and devoted herself to saving abused children in African orphanages. She has now turned her sometimes life-threatening adventures into a dramatic and often … Read More


Literary Adventures of a Seven-Year-Old

October 26, 2014 | Fiction | By Heidi Ellison

Marie Houzelle writes about a French childhood in English. Tita is the eponymous story of one hell of a smart, sensitive and highly literary seven-year-old girl. This first novel by Marie Houzelle, born and bred in France, has the originality … Read More

Paris Horribilis

Legendes Urbaines

May 7, 2014 | Non-fiction | By Heidi Ellison

The dark side of the City of Light is a subject of never-ending fascination. A new book, Paris Horribilis, by Marie-Agnès Moller (Le Texte Vivant, €17) treats readers to a few dozen entertaining legends about the macabre underside of Paris. … Read More