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A small patch of London encouraged high thoughts and hard work in the unconventional female writers who made it their home.
For as long as I can remember, I have been enraptured by the underwater world.
I felt I was entering the adult world.
Ernaux may be a bestselling memoirist, but this is not a personal story: from occupied France to Aids, she becomes the objective, largely unseen reporter of her times.
Jaeggy writes powerfully of communities of adolescent girls: stagnant, hothouse worlds of spying and crushes.
It took me a long time to get to grips with Perec, but I'm glad I did.
It is hard to characterise Andrew Dickson’s Worlds Elsewhere – it is a discursive, rambling, global volume.
The Story of the Lost Child is the final instalment in a literary phenomenon. But what does its elusive author really believe?
The classic sci-fi novel is more than a ripping yarn – it anticipated the ecology movement and shaped the French avant-garde.