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Recommended English books (46)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. If you speak English here are some English books from France for the next part of the Read Around The World Challenge.

21.

No Exit and Three Other Plays by Jean-Paul Sartre EN

Rating: 4     13 Votes
Country: Asia / France flag France
Description:
Four seminal plays by one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century. An existential portrayal of Hell in Sartre's best-known play, as well as three other brilliant, thought-provoking works: the reworking of the Electra-Orestes story, the conflict of a young intellectual torn between theory and conflict, and an arresting attack on American racism.
Recommended: 01 Nov 2022

22.

On the Line : Notes from a Factory by Joseph Ponthus EN

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Country: Europe / France flag France
Description:
Joseph enlists with a temp agency and starts to pick up casual shifts in the fish processing plants and abattoirs of Brittany. A novel in verse that captures the mundane, the beautiful and the strange, in poignant contrast with the blood and sweat of the factory floor.
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Recommended: 10 Jun 2022

23.

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay EN

Rating: 5     3 Votes
Country: Europe / France flag France
Description:
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours. Paris, May 2002: On Vel' d'Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from... continue
Recommended: 20 Jul 2022

24.
The Beauty and the Beast (Illustrated with Interactive Elements)

The Beauty and the Beast (Illustrated with Interactive Elements) by Gabrielle-Suzanna Barbot de Villenueve EN

Rating: 4.5     4 Votes
Country: Europe / France flag France
Description:
MinaLima, the award-winning design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter film franchise and the creators of the illustrated Jungle Book and Peter Pan, reimagine the beloved French fairy tale The Beauty and the Beast in this deluxe unabridged edition illustrated with stunning full-color artwork and nine 3-D interactive features—published to coincide with the release of the blockbuster Disney live-action musical film starring Emma Watson, Ian McKellen, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, and Emma Thompson. Generations of readers have been bewitched by the epic love story of a beautiful young girl... continue
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Recommended: 26 May 2023

25.
The Black Sheep

The Black Sheep by Honore de Balzac, Honore Balzac EN

Rating: 3.5     5 Votes
Country: Europe / France flag France
Description:
Philippe and Joseph Bridau are two extremely different brothers. The elder, Philippe, is a superficially heroic soldier and adored by their mother Agathe. He is nonetheless a bitter figure, secretly gambling away her savings after a brief but glorious career in Napoleon’s army. His younger brother Joseph, meanwhile, is fundamentally virtuous - but their mother is blinded to his kindness by her disapproval of his life as an artist. Foolish and prejudiced, Agathe lives on unaware that she is being cynically manipulated by her own favourite child, but will she ever discover which of her sons is t... continue
Recommended: 02 Dec 2022

26.

The Chatelet Apprentice by Jean-Francois Parot EN

Rating: 3     5 Votes
Country: Europe / France flag France
Description:
Paris, February 1761. A police officer disappears and Nicolas Le Floch, a young Breton police recruit is instructed to find him ...
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Recommended: 27 Jan 2018

27.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas EN

Rating: 4     8 Votes
Country: Europe / France flag France
Description:
"On what slender threads do life and fortune hang." Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. Dumas’ epic tale of suffering and retribution, inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, was a huge pop... continue
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Recommended: 06 Mar 2022

28.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly : A Memoir of Life in Death by Jean-Dominique Bauby EN

Rating: 4     90 Votes
Country: Europe / France flag France
Description:
A triumphant memoir by the former editor-in-chief of French Elle that reveals an indomitable spirit and celebrates the liberating power of consciousness. In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of French Elle, the father of two young children, a 44-year-old man known and loved for his wit, his style, and his impassioned approach to life. By the end of the year he was also the victim of a rare kind of stroke to the brainstem. After 20 days in a coma, Bauby awoke into a body which had all but stopped working: only his left eye functioned, allowing him to see and, by blinking it, to... continue
Recommended: 13 Nov 2022

29.

The Girl Who Reads on the Métro by Christine Féret-Fleury EN

Rating: 3.5     10 Votes
Country: Europe / France flag France
Description:
For fans of The Little Paris Bookshop and The Elegance of the Hedgehog, The Girl Who Reads on the Métro is the French phenomenon by Christine Féret-Fleury ready to charm book-lovers everywhere . . . When Juliette takes the métro to her loathed office job each morning, her only escape is in books - she avidly reads on her journey and imagines what her fellow commuters' choices might say about them. Then she meets Soliman - the mysterious owner of the most enchanting bookshop Juliette has ever seen - and things will never be the same again. For Soliman believes in the power of books to change th... continue
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Recommended: 13 Aug 2022

30.
The Island of Sea Women

The Island of Sea Women : A Novel by Lisa See EN

Rating: 4     46 Votes
Country: Europe / France flag France
Description:
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “A mesmerizing new historical novel” (O, The Oprah Magazine) from Lisa See, the bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and devastating family secrets on a small Korean island. Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends who come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life o... continue
Recommended: 16 Apr 2023


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