Zola in Britain by Michael Rosen

In the nineteenth century the British attitude to French writers was full of contrasts. The great triumvirate of Emile Zola, Guy de Maupassant and Gustave Flaubert presented to Victorian readers a range of characters, scenes and passions that British writers…

A Year in Reading: Sylvia Whitman

“Working in a bookshop every day, seeing much-anticipated new releases being freshly unpacked and incredible vintage paperbacks that have wound their ways onto our shelves, it’s almost impossible not to slip a book into my pocket on the way out…

A Biography of a Bookstore

For two years, from 2012 to 2014, I could be found tucked into George Whitman’s former bedroom, his cat, Kitty, on my lap, reading and sorting Shakespeare and Company’s archives. It was the first and the most daunting task in creating…

Maggie O'Farrell interviewed by Rose Alana Frith

Maggie O’Farrell visited Shakespeare and Company in February 2014 to present Instructions for a Heatwave, a novel full of complex familial dynamics, personal struggles and the heatwave of her early childhood. As I sat across from her that evening, at…

En Bref with Emma Beddington

Another En Bref…this time with Emma Beddington, who will be joining us on 21 April to discuss We’ll Always Have Paris and her quest to pass for une vraie Parisienne. Who is your favourite novelist of all time? PG Wodehouse. The…