Books By Booker Winners, Signed To Me. By Francis Plug

In order to research my book How To Be A Public Author, I ended up meeting many Booker Prize-winning authors, in public. It wasn’t as easy as it sounds because I’m not particularly charismatic, nor socially blessed. In fact, most…

A Guide for Writers Planning on Taking Up Residence at Shakespeare and Company in Paris. By Craig Taylor

During your stay hold on to the present, because this will never be Paris in the 20s/40s/60s. You’ll need to ignore young men who have adopted names such as Buster. They’ll wear pork-pie hats. Confiscate their movable feasts. Read today’s…

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…