Maggie O'Farrell interviewed by Rose Alana Frith

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…

A Tale of Two Bookshops

A Tale of Two Bookshops

By Lucy Binnersley And so it began. Three years ago, I escaped from a four-year stint working as a civil servant and went to Shakespeare and Company in Paris. Little did I know what a career change this would herald. The…

La journée sans voiture

La journée sans voiture

By Adam Biles Something odd happened in Paris on Sunday. With the flick of her mayoral pen, and a few strategically erected barriers, Anne Hidalgo banished cars from the city’s most congested thoroughfares — the Avenue des Champs Elysées, Place…

Books That Change the World

Books That Change the World

by Milly Unwin They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, yet I couldn’t help making a slight judgement about John Wood’s book when I first came across it 18 months ago. The title, Leaving Microsoft to Change…

Pineapples and The Happy Reader

Pineapples and The Happy Reader

by Seb Emina What do Chinese paintings, the Australian desert and Swedish tinned pineapples have in common? They all appear in a piece, called Bed and Breakfast, that Sven Lindqvist wrote in 2012. The last item on that list has always…