My work has been featured in publications such as Verily, The Bookseller and Writing Magazine. Translated works include Secrets of the Butcher and Maps of the World (available on Amazon).
Today in the children’s book industry, it seems that everyone is calling for diversity: it’s clear that we need more disabled, LGBTQ and racial minority characters. One thing we hear less about, however, is the issue of religious diversity. In other words, the representation of a wide range of beliefs, religious and secular. At a time when political responses to terror attacks are feeding hatred and confusion about Islam, and sex abuse scandals and discussions about marriage equality are divi...
Since the 16th century, the booksellers, or bouquinistes, of Paris have been setting up their stalls along the river Seine.
A site now protected by UNESCO as part of French cultural heritage, the bouquinistes of Paris continue to sell rare editions, out of print magazines and collectors’ items from their green boxes – which were used as secret letterboxes by the French resistance during the war.
Perfume, or at a more basic level—scent, is a mighty powerful thing.
France has produced some of the most famous literary writers across the globe and ranks first in the list of Nobel Prizes in literature by country. It boasts a culture rich with the ideas of Voltaire, Maupassant and Molière, and Paris was for a long time considered the hub for writers of the western world.
So why is it that we simply do not see a lot of French literature published in Anglophone countries?
French children’s books are a little different from what Anglophones are used to. The stories are often written in a formal language and contain plenty of moral lessons, and a happy ending isn’t obligatory.
But this doesn’t mean French children’s books can’t be magical. Some of the most beautiful works of literature for children are French, and I’ve put together this selection of great French children’s books to prove it.
Many of us devour fiction. Whatever the genre, we will read it. Some of the best works of fiction are foreign literature, and are translated so perfectly that we don’t realise that they weren’t originally written in English.
Until now, lack of time and cooking skills would have made this impossible, but now it need not be that way with this French home chef service.
Late last year I discovered Lou Papé, a French chef service that brings home-cooked French cuisine right to your table–incroyable!
France’s intense love of auto-fiction is unique. Countless French novels are auto-fictive, and this is so characteristic of French literature that French writers have been criticised as lacking in imagination.
Here at MyFrenchLife™, we read a lot of French literature, yet auto-fiction is avoided by Anglophone publishers of French texts in translation because of its unpopularity abroad.
Last month, the latest batch of final year secondary schoolers in France took the baccalauréat, the equivalent of the UK’s A-Levels. For many, the exams went well. However, others claimed that certain questions in the 2015 baccalauréat were too hard.
According to Le Figaro, in 48 hours, 10 000 students signed an online petition against a difficult question in the English language exam this year.
On 25 and 26 June 2015, in the big towns of France such as Paris and Lille, taxi drivers carried out a ‘blocus’, blocking roads and driving at a snail-like speed.
The reason? To protest against the app Uber, and its new function ‘Uberpop’ (also known as UberX in other cities), which allows anybody with a car to charge people for transportation without paying the taxes of a registered taxi driver.
Like many expats living in Paris, Lisa Vanden Bos first came to the French capital as a student. She arrived in 1986 for her year abroad, and then returned home to graduate. Six months later, she was back – and hasn’t left since.
She returned to be with her “not-yet-husband” John, just “as he was throwing hat in the ring of business and creating FUSAC”. Nearly three decades on, FUSAC, the ultimate advertisement space for the Anglophone community in Paris, is alive and well.
Although France is already home to a new generation of budding entrepreneurs, an article from the New York Times suggests that many French entrepreneurs are leaving France in search of better horizons abroad. Why? Because of the country’s slow economic growth and high unemployment rate.
From the Women’s Petition addressed to the National Assembly during the French Revolution to the French Union for Women’s Suffrage, the determination of these women showed itself countless times. In honour of these admirable women, we have made a list of some of the most influential French suffragettes.
Developed by the team at in London, the map allows Francophiles to click on different parts of the Loire Valley to read about the soil, climate and grapes of the area, and gives a brief overview of its history.