French Books for the Uninitiated by Ben Brown

For those of us who weren’t born into the French language there is the joy of an awful lot of learning to come if we’re ever going to speak it with any amount of fluency. But once you’re past the…

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

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…

What It's Like to Live Inside the Legendary Paris Bookstore Shakespeare & Co. By Harriet Alida Lye

George Whitman opened the legendary bookshop now known as Shakespeare and Company in the shadow of Notre Dame in Paris in 1951, and having spent all his money on the shop he slept on a pullout couch among the books….

En Bref with Paul Murray

Next up in En Bref is our favourite Irishman and superbly talented funny/serious novelist Paul Murray. Here’s Paul in full flow at his recent terrific event for The Mark and Void, and below are his  answers to our (very) brief questions. Who…