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    In an eye-opening book, Chris van Tulleken explains where ultra-processed food comes from, why it is everywhere and what impact it has on your body and on the planet. After reading it, you’ll never look at packaging and ingredients lists in the same way. (Delphine)

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  • Anglais UNMASKED ; The Ultimate Guide to ADHD, Autism and Neurodivergence

    Ellie Middleton

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    Disabilities aren’t always visible and we often hear misconceptions about them. Neurodivergences are one of those. Reading and researching about this subject is definitely important and this book by Ellie Middleton was the perfect introduction to it. I loved how easy it was to understand, both from the point of view of a neurodivergent person or a neurotypical one.(Delphine)

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  • Anglais Empire Of The Ants

    Bernard Werber

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    Look down. Did you notice the ants on the little path? I promise you after reading this book you’ll look at them a lot more. Bernard Werber signs a fascinating novel about a hidden civilization which is very complex and full of mystery for humans. You’ll learn so much about communication between ants, how they build their world and live their life. Empire of ants is a novel that teaches you lessons you’ll remember. (Jason)

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    In Manufacturing Consent, Chomsky and Herman analyse the inner workings of western mass media. Drawing on an impressive amount of research, they expose the media's inefficiency in accurately depicting reality and how easily they tend to uncritically propagate governement propaganda — not out of dishonesty, but because of inherent structural biases. A remarkably thorough, interesting and unsettling book that resonates just as much today as when it was published. (Jason)

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  • Anglais The Gardener's Year

    Karel Capek

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    Karel Capek's Gardener's Year may have been written in the late 1920s but it is still as witty and charming now. Not only does it give a real insight into the joys and frustrations of gardening, it is also a reflection upon a way of life close to nature.
    Full of hilarious scenes and quirky drawings by the author's brother Josef, this lovely little book is a light-hearted introduction to the work of Czech writer Capek, better known for his science fiction novels such as War of the Newts.
     
    This very amusing book makes me want to enjoy my garden more !
     (Sylvie)

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  • Anglais Embroidery ; Learn in a Weekend

    Roisin McDonnell, Alisha McDonnell

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    8 colourful embroidery projects, detailed and photographed from beginning to end, using a large number of common stitches in order to get a hang of what is essentially carefully tied knots. Absolutely satisfying, relaxing and easy to pick up. (Eric)

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    A classic method that explains shapes and perspective through a series of easy and funny exercises. Each step is illustrated and numerous examples are given in order to not feel lost. Your basic circle has become a decent amateur sketch in less than 5 minutes. The approach is very soft and pushes you to try more things over time. (Eric)

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  • Anglais Ghost Image

    Herve Guibert

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    Functioning as both memoir and an exploration of his artistic process, Guibert talks about how photographs sometimes don't turn out how you would expect or how you would like. He turns to words instead, logging every memory in a diary-like form as it helps him deal with the loss of images. I picked up this book thinking it would make me want to pick up my camera, but ended up grabbing a pen instead. (Eli)

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  • Anglais Thunderclap ; A memoir of art and life & sudden death

    Laura Cumming

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    Thunderclap is a memoir by British art critic and historian Laura Cumming, about her relationship with her father, who was a painter, and their shared love for Dutch artists of the 17 th century. It focuses on the mysterious life and tragic early death of Carel Fabritius, whose most famous work is "The Goldfinch". But it will give you a better understanding and appreciation of Dutch paintings.

    Laura Cumming's beautifully illustrated biography has been shortlisted for the 2024 Women's Prize for Non-Fiction. It will make you want to go to a museum to look at all the paintings mentioned in a new light!
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  • Anglais The Crucible ; A Play in Four Acts

    Arthur Miller

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    There is something uniquely striking about using one event to denounce another. Miller's classic play does just that, dramatising the Salem witch trials as an allegory of McCarthyism and the hunt for communists in the 1940s and 1950s. An enduringly relevant exploration of human nature, which some years ago was my personal introduction to how creatively political theatre can get. (Jonathan)

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    After the horrific murder of gay student Matthew Shepard in 1998, members of the Tectonic Theatre Project travelled to the city of Laramie (Wyoming) to conduct hundreds of interviews with its inhabitants. By blending these interviews with news reports and journal entries, this play creates a lasting, gut-wrenching testimony of the event and of the ensuing conversation about hate crimes and homophobia  - and made me discover the incredible power of verbatim theatre. (Jonathan)

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  • Anglais But Beautiful ; A Book About Jazz

    Geoff Dyer

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    Far more than a simple short story collection, But Beautiful is a celebration not just of jazz artists with difficult lives, but of the many ways in which art and life ceaselessly interact. Full of empathy, hope, and love for jazz music, brimming with style and narratively immaculate, this book is one you'll want to read and re-read many times over. (Jason)

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  • Anglais Picasso's War

    Hugh Eakin

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    The story of how Picasso's work arrived in America, bringing the aesthetic avant-garde, transforming american museums and giving rise to the foundation of MOMA by the hands of art enthusiasts millionaires. The exciting passage from one to the other side of the Atlantic of some of the main works in art history. (Abel)

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  • Anglais If on a Winter's Night a Traveller

    Italo Calvino

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    Calvino’s masterpiece is about you, reader. You are the main character of this intriguing novel made of ten different debuts. You are the reader, the one who waits, the one who is seized by Calvino's greatly-written stories, the one who gets frustrated, each time, when the debut ends just when you wanted to know more. This book is the wonderful journey of a reader, it’s about reading, and it’s something you’ll never forget. (Claire)

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    Through personal essays, Murakami shares his journey as a novelist, emphasizing the importance of routine, keen observation, and originality in the writing process. A quick and essential read for fans of his stories like me, but also for anyone interested in the craft of storytelling. (Eli)

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  • Anglais Wild ; A Journey from Lost to Found

    Cheryl Strayed

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    She had no experience of long-distance hiking, yet Cheryl Strayed walked eleven-hundred miles along the west coast of America. It maddened and terrified her, and ultimately, it healed her. Life at its lowest ebb and at its highest tide.
    After reading her adventure, I promised myself I would try the mythical long distance hiking trail GR20 in Corsica once in my life.
     (Gaelle)

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  • Anglais Barbarian Days ; A Surfing Life

    William Finnegan

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    I took 'Barbarian Days' on an amateur surfing trip, hoping to impress fellow hostel guests and avoid being labelled a 'kook'. Sadly, no reading could fix weak arms and dreadful balance... Thank God, you don't need to be good at your hobbies! Alongside drowning, reading about the ocean daily, its moods, mischief and treachery, increased my respect for surfers and their passion. I doubt there's a better book that captures the obsession, beauty and danger of this sport. If there is, please tell me about it immediately. (Zoe)

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  • Anglais The Way of the World

    Nicholas Bouvier

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    A detailed, poetic and immersive journey of two friends leaving Geneva in the 1950’s in a rattletrap Fiat to drive to Pakistan. Nicolas Bouvier has a way with words. This travel book offers descriptions of an immense precision and makes you feel like you’re part of the journey. You can smell the sweet watermelon and Chiraz’ lemon smell. Gorgeous. (Claire)

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  • A Visit to Don Otavio

    Sybille Bedford

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    I took this wonderful book with me on my first trip to Mexico. Not only had A Visit to Don Otavio made me want to go there, it also made me want to go back !

    Though I went to Mexico over 50 years after the book was published, Sybille Bedford's book was the perfect companion in this vast, complex, sometimes violent but always fascinating country.
    But I never got to meet Don Otavio !
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  • Anglais The Cruel Way ; A John Murray Journey

    Ella K Maillart

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    1939: Europe is on the verge of war and Ella Maillart (explorer, photographer, and travel writer) undertakes a journey by car from Geneva to Afghanistan with her friend Annemarie "Christina" Schwarzenbach. The Cruel Way, like Ella Maillart's other works, is enlightening, moving and genuine. It is also the story of a friendship between two very different exceptional women: Christina suffering and Ella trying to help her fighting her addiction. I was longing to travel to those parts of the world after I read this unique account. (Marianne)

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  • Anglais Of Mice and Men

    John Steinbeck

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    This classic still reminds me of the first time I read a book thinking it was astonishing, and that it could change my life.I wanted to read more and find other unforgettable books,

    I wanted to work with books, what
    about working in a bookshop?
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  • Anglais The Tablet of Destinies

    Roberto Calasso

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    Roberto Calasso writes about the foundations of civilization. In this book he narrates the fable of Sinbad and relates it to the Odyssey, the biblical flood and other ancestral myths of our culture. The culture as a repetition of the fables we tell ourselves continuously, over and over again. (Abel)

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  • Anglais Walden

    Henry David Thoreau

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    This autobiographical essay, published in 1854, is a founding work of American literature and identity. Thoreau decided to spend more than two years alone in a cabin in the woods, in search of solitude, simplicity and spirituality. He observed nature, lived self-sufficiently and intently while reflecting upon human life, society and progress. Like Ralph Waldo Emerson, another figure of the transcendentalist movement, he rooted this philosophy in classical texts and hinduism and believed in the power of the individual and the importance of personal freedom.

    This book makes you think about the place of man within nature and society. 
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  • Anglais Tao Te Ching

    Lao Tzu

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    In my youth, I crafted a 'theory of relativity' based on life's cyclical ups and downs. At university, I encountered Taoism, first through Alan Watt's lectures, and then through the 'Tao Te Ching'. This ancient Chinese text shows a path to balance, harmony, and compassion through life’s contrasts and contradictions. Its wisdom struck me deeply: positive implies negative, self implies other, life implies death. The 'Tao Te Ching', brief yet infinitely profound, offers lifelong lessons for personal growth and professional endeavours alike. (Zoe)

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