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  • Anglais Beat generation

    Jack Kerouac

    Written in 1957, but only recently rediscovered in manuscript form in a New Jersey warehouse, Beat Generation bears the hallmarks of vintage Kerouac: flowing, stream-of-consciousness language, orchestrated with a jazz-like sense of adventure and rhythm.

  • Under the pressure of his boss, the intransigent Riviere, the airmail pilot Fabien attempts a perilous flight during a heavy night-time thunderstorm in Argentina. As conditions get worse and the radio communication with Fabien becomes increasingly difficult, Riviere begins to question his uncompromising methods, and his distress turns to guilt when the pilot''s wife comes to find him in search of answers.

    Based on Saint-Exupery''s own experiences as a commercial pilot, Night Flight is a haunting and lyrical examination of duty, destiny and the individual, as well as an authentic and tragic portrayal of the intrepid early days of human air travel.>

  • Toddler in tow, Bee Rowlatt embarks on an extraordinary journey in search of the life and legacy of the first celebrity feminist: Mary Wollstonecraft. From the wild coasts of Norway to a naked re-birthing in California, via the blood-soaked streets of revolutionary Paris, Bee learns what drove her hero on and what's been won and lost over the centuries in the battle for equality.

    On this biographical treasure hunt she finds herself consulting a witch, a porn star, a quiet Norwegian archivist and the tenants of a blighted council estate in Leeds - getting much more than she bargained for. In her quest to find a new balance between careers and babies, Bee also discovers the importance of celebrating the radiant power of love in all our lives.>

  • Each year the storyteller Hassan gathers listeners to the city square to share their recollections of a young foreign couple who mysteriously disappeared some time ago. The Storyteller of Marrakesh is a reminder of what's being lost, a call to arms to save the storytelling tradition.

  • The sudden thought reverberated to the centre of Gin's being. It filled the emptiness in her nineteen-year-old heart, that of a girl whose marriage had failed and who was faced with a future devoid of hope. As a young girl from a wealthy family, Ginko Ogino seems set for a conventional life in the male-dominated society of 19th century Japan.

  • When Sofia Behrs married Count Leo Tolstoy, the author of "War and Peace", husband and wife regularly exchanged diaries covering the years from 1862 to 1910. Sofia's life was not an easy one: she idealized her husband, but was tormented by him. Even her many children were not an unmitigated blessing.

  • Anglais The Water Theatre

    Lindsay Clarke

    As war-reporter Martin Crowther arrives in Umbria, still raw from a recent assignment in Africa, and from a failing love affair back home, a storm hits and the sky opens. Things are powerfully on the move inside him too as he comes to the small village of Fontanalba, on a mission to track down two friends from a lifetime ago.

  • An acclaimed author of novels and short stories, Tim Parks - who was described in a recent review as "one of the best living writers of English" - has delighted audiences around the world with his finely observed writings on all aspects of Italian life and customs. This volume contains a selection of his best essays on the literature of his adopted country.

    From Boccaccio and Machiavelli through to Moravia and Tabucchi, from the Stil Novo to Divisionism, across centuries of history and intellectual movements, these essays will give English readers, and lovers of the Bel Paese and its culture, the lay of the literary land of Italy.>

  • Explains how Angela Merkel's world view was shaped and influenced, discussing her relations with international counterparts, as well as her attitude towards the countries and cultures over which they rule.

  • Offers a contemporary satire on the world of marketing, in which memory, race and history are subsumed into the cover-up of corporate branding. Here, a 'nomenclature consultant' - an expert on naming the most disparate things, from antidepressants to cars, and spoons to plasters - is summoned by the city authorities of Winthrop.

  • Anglais LILA

    Robert M. Pirsig

    Phaedrus is sailing down the Hudson River when he meets Lila Blewitt. He is drawn to her physically and interested in her intellectually. Lila prompts Phaedrus to explore conflicts of values, and finally, he formulates his 'Metaphysics of Quality', which offer a system of understanding actions according to a hierarchy of four evolutionary realms.

  • Anglais THE SISTER

    Paola Kaufmann

    As a woman, Emily Dickinson is most known as a recluse; as a poet, she is known for producing some of the most daring and original verse of the nineteenth century. This work probes into this world, revealing her tense relationship with her parents, her hidden passions and aspirations, and her secret views on religion and love.

  • Anglais Sketcher

    Roland Watson-Grant

    Atmospheric, uplifting and deeply moving, Sketcher - Roland Watson-Grant's stunning debut - is a novel about the beauty of life no matter how broken it is.

  • At turns poignant and funny, Sweet Dreams, Little One - the most successful book to come out of Italy last year with over 1.2 million copies sold, and an international sensation - is the story of a secret which has been kept hidden for forty years and a lifelong search for happiness.

  • Anglais Skid

    Roland Watson Grant

    Heart-warming, funny and poignant, Skid - the second volume in Roland Watson-Grant's Trilogy of the Swamp after the critically acclaimed Sketcher - continues the exploration of a young man's coming of age in today's broken world.

  • Anglais The bookman's tale

    Charlie Lovett

    A mysterious portrait ignites an antiquarian bookseller's search for his lost love. Guaranteed to capture the hearts of everyone who truly loves books and literature - in particular the golden age of Shakespeare, Jonson and Marlowe - The Bookman's Tale is a sparkling novel and an exploration of one of literature's most tantalizing mysteries.

  • Anglais Silent noon

    Trilby Kent

    Gripped by mounting horror at the discovery of secrets harboured by the isolated school community, Barney Holland personifies the struggle of a young peace-time generation finding its way out of the shadow of war.

  • Anglais The Pink Hotel

    Anna Stothard

    Longlisted for the Orange Fiction Prize 2012, The Pink Hotel is a tale about finding love in the most unlikely of places, and how sometimes you can only know who you are by discovering who you are not.

  • Arthur Baptiste knows little of Rwanda's past and is unaware of its emerging troubles. He lives with his parents on a flower plantation where he talks to no one, not even the butterflies he collects, until one day Beni appears.

  • Anglais The skinning tree

    Srikumar Sen

    The Skinning Tree centres on the nine-year-old Sabby, who lives in a Calcutta family where sophisticated British habits such as bridge and dinner parties co-exist with Indian values and nationalism. When he is sent to a boarding school in northern India, he witnesses a strict regime in which the schoolboys are beaten and brutalized by the teachers.

  • Anglais Buddhaland brooklyn

    Richard C. Morais

    A novel of conflicting worlds and an entertaining and edifying meditation on the meaning and rewards of true acceptance.

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