lundi 2 septembre 2019


The Library reopens this Wednesday 4th September  3-5.30pm

Reminder opening times

Every Wednesday 3-5.30pm
1st & 3rd Saturday 10-12

jeudi 27 juin 2019

FOAL AGM June 2019

The AGM went off successfully, Foal's financial situation is healthy, what we really need to do is recruit more members. We shall address this question in the autumn. The AGM was held at our friend Anne-Marie's & we had a great lunch party afterwards, sitting at tables under the trees  overlooking the swimming pool. The food was , as usual, delicious we have some really good cooks among our members. We were lucky the heatwave hadn't started.
Here are some photos

mercredi 12 juin 2019


FOAL book order May 2019


Lisa Brennan-Jobs                           Small fry              NF

Jill Dawson                                      The Language of Birds  NF

Marek Kohn                                    Four words  for Friend  NF


Kate Atkinson                        Big Sky                GF

Margaret Atwood                  The Testaments  (September) GF

Fiona Barton                          The  Suspect        Thriller

Jane Casey                             Cruel Action        Crime

Esi Edugyan                           Washington Black                  GF

Amenatta Forna                     Happiness           GF

Amitav Ghosh                        The Shadow Lines                  GF

Amitav Ghosh                        The Calcutta Chromosome     GF

Linda Grant                            A Stranger City             GF

Mark Haddon                         The Porpoise                 GF

Joanna Harris                         The Strawberry Thief             GF

Jess Kidd                                Things in jars                Crime

Elizabeth McCraken               Bowlaway                     GF

Ian McEwan                           Machines like me          GF

Jeff Noon                                Slow motion ghosts      Crime

Ali Smith                                Spring                           GF

Jeanette Winterson                 Frankisstein                            GF

vendredi 12 avril 2019

The new catalogue is now online !!!

The new catalogue (Title Alphabetical Order) is now online. To download it, just click Here.
Also available : Author Alphabetical Order Here.

Click on “télécharger avec votre navigateur” (download to browser) and then on “ouvrir” (open) or "Enregistrer le fichier" (to save it on your computer).

mardi 2 avril 2019


You will have seen the new books in the library, you will also find the relevant book reviews in a file on the new book shelf. We will be ordering more new books for the summer. The updated catalogue will soon be online on our Facebook page & in the  blog.




This will take place on Saturday 22nd June . Our friend Anne-Marie has very kindly offered to hold the party in her garden again (she lives in Les Aubes, directions nearer the time). After a brief AGM we get down to the serious businss of the day. FOAL provides the drinks & participants bring along the food which is usually delicious & plentiful (organisation nearer the time). Put this date in your diaries. You can also bring along your swimsuits.




We have lost a few members this year. Foal members need to be ambassadors for the library. Please take flyers & give them to people who might be interested. We have found it difficult to recruit new members. As you know the Antigone des Associations doesn’t yield new members & we do all we can to advertise in English publications to little avail. One of our board members, Claudine Soudais is very active with schools & teachers but not a lot of return yet.

lundi 25 février 2019


The Friends of the           Anglophone Library


February 2019 Newsletter

Winter is nearly over & the next newsletter will have daffodils & Easter bunnies on the top line !

 Library News

We have invested in a banner to put outside the library during opening hours. This was a great success on the first day we put it out with several people coming in & one person  bought quite a lot of books from the Book Sale. (if you have books in good condition, do send us a list, we can either add them to the collection or put them in the Book Sale)

Suggestion table

We have set up a suggestion table on which we put books we liked. We have noticed that you tend to go to the new books section & neglect the rest of the collection. You can all add books to the suggestion table.

New books

The new books will soon be in the library. I would like to thank the volunteers who cover the books & if you wish to help, send us an email. I will send out the list in a separate mail.

AGM & summer party

It’s early days but we have set a date for the AGM & party. It will take place on Saturday 22nd June. Our friend, Anne-Marie has kindly offered to hold it at hers like last year. Do put this date in your diaries.


The new books have arrived & been covered by our kind volunteers

GF General Fiction

FOAL BOOK ORDER  February 2019


Mathew Dennison                    Eternal Boy                   Biography

Michelle Obama                     Becoming             Memoir

Iris Origo                                War in Val d’Orcia

Pope-Hennessy/Vickers         The Quest for Queen Mary    Memoir

Cathy Newman                      Bloody brilliant women  

Francis Welch                         The Imperial Teaparty


Jessica Barry                          Freefall                Thriller

Helen Dunmore                      Betrayal               GF

Dan Fesperman                      Safe Houses              Espionage

Lucy Foley                             The Hunting Party     Thriller

John Grisham                         The Reckoning        Thriller

Chris Hammer                        Scrublands           Thriller

Greer Hendricks                     An Anonymous Girl     Thriller

Sigrid Nunez                           The Friend    GF

Louise Penny                          Kingdom of the Blind   Thriller

Sally Roony                             Normal People              GF

CJ Sansom                             Tombland   GF

Manda Scott                           A Treachery of Spies    Espionage

Karin Slaughter                      Pieces of Her                 Thriller

Amor Towles                         A Gentleman in Moscow           GF

Chris W ormersley                 City of Crows    Historical fiction

mardi 1 janvier 2019

New Year greetings 2019


May the New Year keep you « healthy, wealthy & wise »


The library reopens on Wednesday 9th January.



Our party was a great success, we sang some Christmas carols, we had some wonderful food & lots of people won prizes in the raffle. I would like to thank the Board members who go to a lot of trouble to find prizes. The fact that there are so many makes the raffle very attractive & is a good way to raise funds for the library. Thanks to Phil Claringbull for cleaning up afterwards



These will now take place every second & fourth Monday of the month from 2.30-3.30. The first meeting  on January 14th



Reminder :  3-5.30pm on Wednesdays  & 10-12 on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month


We shall be inaugurating our suggestion table in January. The person manning will put out a few books that they recommend (old or new), hoping to introduce you to some hidden treasures



Library dues are payable at the beginning of January to Mike Davison, 13 rue de la Paix  34130 St Aunès (cheque made out to FOAL) 30 member  40 family & 20 student or unemployed

Of course, disregard this reminder if you have already paid (& quite a lot of you have)

Spot the Shakespearean character



1.     Oberon  (Midsummer night’s dream)

2.     Hamlet  (easy that one !)

3.     Cordelia   (King Lear)

4.     Dogberry   (Much ado about nothing)

5.     Orsino   (12th night)

6.     Julius Caesar

7.     Titiana  (Midsummer night’s dream)

8.     Hippolyta  (Midsummer night’s dream)








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