dimanche 16 septembre 2012

New books on order September 2012 and donation



The end of the wasp season                        Denise Mina

Bones are forever                                        Kathy Reichs

The Girl on the Stairs                                  Louise Welsh

Tom-all-alone’s                                            Lynn Shepherd  (Corsaire)

Vengeance in mind                                      N J Cooper

The Kingmaker’s daughter                        Philippa Gregory

Winter of the World                                    Ken Follett

Sweet Tooth                                                 Ian McEwan

The Song of Achilles                                               Madeline Miller

San Miguel                                                   T C Boyle

Tigers in red weather                                  Lisa Klaussmann

In One person                                               John Irving

The Dinner                                                   Herman Koch

The Best of me                                             Nicolas Sparks


We have also received a large donation from one of our members, the following books are already in the library

We have received a large donation from one of our members and have started processing the books. You will find below some interesting « oldies » that have been incorporated into the collection

General Fiction

T.C.Boyle                                          Inner Circle

T.C.Boyle                                          Water Music

A Brookner                                        Falling slowly

J Franzen                                            The Corrections

D Baldacci                                         The Christmas train

F McCourt                                         Tis

J Winterson                                        Lighthousekeeping

S Faulks                                             Engleby

R Seiffert                                           The Dark room

H Mantel                                            An Experiment in love

M Amis                                              Yellow Dogs

M Bragg                                             Crossing the lines

M Atwood                                         Alias Grace

T Parsons                                           Man and Wife

A Mathews                                        Apothecary’s House

A Brink                                              The other side of silence

A Soeuif                                            The Map of Love

K Follett                                            A Dangerous Fortune

W Lamb                                             The Hour I first believed

P Auster                                             New York Trilogy

Potok Chaim                                      The gift of Asher Lev

D Leavitt                                           The page turner

D Leavitt                                           The Indian Clerk

C McCann                                         Songdogs




H Mankell                                          Before the Frost

H Mankell                                          Depths

N French                                            Catch me when I fall

N French                                            Death in a strange country

PD James                                           The Murder room

PD James                                           Shroud for a Nightingale

B Vine                                                           The Blood Doctor

E George                                            With no one as witness

E George                                            A Traitor to memory 

E George                                            A Place of Hiding

I Rankin                                             Simisola

I Rankin                                             Watchman

Reginald Hill                                     The Lake of Darkness

Reginald Hill                                     The Woodcutter (this is his most recent book and it is an 

                                                            exceptionally good crime novel, an absolute page turner)

I Rankin                                             Dead Souls

M Walters                                          The shape of snakes

M Walters                                          The Devil’s feather

Q Jardine                                           Skinner’s Trail

D Leon                                               Death at La Fenice

D Leon                                               Memory Game

Non Fiction

A Beevor                                           The Mystery of Olga Chekhova


September Newsletter


Hope everyone had a good summer and that you did not suffer too much from the heat !

We held a Board Meeting on 6th September and we have lots of exciting events to tell you about.


The library is going strong in spite of the fact that we are still in our temporary premises, you will find below two lists ; some books from a recent donation which are already in the library, and the other, new books on order. Our policy at the library is to keep abreast of recent publications and to stay at the cutting edge of literary actuality. On the other hand, we are quite inundated with donations from kind donators (too many given our current situation), remember, there is a Permanent Book Sale at the library and we hope to hold another Book Sale before Christmas.


We have quite a lot of events in the works

The first is the Play in English at the Domaine d’O (same place as the Christopher Crimes talk). After the play which lasts 1 hour and twenty minutes we will meet the actors for a debate. The company is very well-known and was at Avignon this summer. This event will take place on Thursday 6th December at 7pm. A wonderful opportunity for those of us who are deprived of theatre in English ! Foal will be leading the discussion with the actors in partnership with the Domaine d’O team. There is a special price of 8 euros for Foal members and supporters. If you wish to come, please send a cheque for 8 euros to : Victoria Metherell 31bis Avenue St Lazare Bât O 34000 Montpellier, made out to FOAL before 15th November. I will centralise the cheques and get the tickets. For those of you who came to the Christopher Crimes talk last year you will remember there is a bar at the theatre….

Forced Entertainment presents


Forced Entertainment’s latest performance explores ideas and clichés of hope. Writing and collecting future scenarios as well as small narratives concerning optimism and despair, the company investigates the speculative nature of anticipation and the myriad possibilities the future holds in store. Tomorrow’s Parties draws on ideas of utopian and dystopian projections, the optimistic stories we tell ourselves and on the pleasures of invention that arise as the work twists and turns in performance. From these conjectures, day dreams and gripping but well-worn narratives the piece will move out in different directions to other kinds of speculations – the realistic, the personal and the evidently fantastical. Tomorrow’s Parties is Forced Entertainment in intimate and comical mode - a playful, poignant and at times delirious look forwards to futures both possible and impossible.

Forced Entertainment

Since forming the company in 1984, the six core members of the group have sustained a unique artistic partnership for quarter of a century, confirming their position as trailblazers in contemporary theatre. The company’s substantial canon of work reflects an interest in the mechanics of performance, the role of the audience and the machinations of contemporary urban life. The work is distinctive and provocative, delighting in disrupting the conventions of theatre and the expectations of audiences. Forced Entertainment’s trademark collaborative process – devising work as a group through improvisation, experimentation and debate – has made them pioneers of British avant-garde theatre and earned them an international reputation.

The next event is a Christmas Party for members of Foal. We thought it would be a good idea to have a party for all our members and their spouses. The Claringbulls have kindly offered to hold the “aperitif dinatoire” at the library, Place de la Chapelle Neuve on 15th December at 6pm. You are invited to bring some finger food, the members of the Board will be providing the drinks. Please let us know nearer the time if you are coming: send an email to foal@dbmail.com

Next we come to the Literary Quiz, this will be held again in January with a rather different formula, members of the public who wish to, can be part of one of the four teams, the organisers feel that more people would like to participate. This event will be held at the Martin Luther King venue.

In February we plan a Play Evening, a performance of A.R.Gurney’s Love Letters and later next spring an evening’s entertainment by members of BookChat, more about those events nearer the time.

We are very lucky to have such a dynamic and motivated Board, the library has problems at the moment but FOAL is alive and kicking. This is also thanks to your support which we need to survive.

Thank you all for your support, if you haven’t signed up yet  you can  send a cheque made out to Foal to : Sunshine Erickson Mas de Calage, Chemin de Calage, 34130 St Aunès

(active member 25 euros  benefactor 40 euros  student 15 euros)