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The Governesses
by Anne Serre
Trans. Mark Hutchinson
(Published 2 April 2019)

In a large country house, shut off from the world within a gated garden, three young women responsible for the education of a group of little boys are hanging paper lanterns for a party. Their desires, however, lie elsewhere... Meet The Governesses: wild or drifting about in a sated melancholy calm; spied upon by Monsieur Austeur, fascinated by the ever more mysterious unfolding of events, like the charms and spells of a midsummer night's dream…

Selfies
by Sylvie Weil
Trans. Ros Schwartz
(Published 25 June 2019)

Taking selfies is not the exclusive preserve of millennials. In Selfies, Weil gives a playful twist to the concept of self-representation: taking her cue from self-portraits by women artists, ranging from the 13th c. through the Renaissance to Frida Kahlo and Vivian Maier, Weil has written a memoir in pieces, that is yet unified. Each picture acts as portal to a significant moment from Weil’s own life, and sparks anecdotes tangentially touching on topical issues…

This Tilting World 
by Colette Fellous
Trans. Sophie Lewis
With a foreword by Michèle Roberts
(Published 2 September 2019)

Tunisia, 26 June 2015: on the night following the terrorist massacre of thirty-eight tourists on the beach of Sousse, a woman tries to take stock of what's happened, facing the Mediterranean Sea. Personal tragedies soon resurface — the deaths of a dear friend, a fellow writer who just weeks ago died at sea, having forsaken the work that had given his life meaning; and of another lifelong friend: her father, a quiet, seemingly simple man who had left all that he held dear in Tunisia, to emigrate to France. Both an adieu and a love letter to Fellous's motherland, This Tilting World closes a trilogy on the history of Tunisia’s Jewish community. From Tunisia to Paris, to a Flaubertian village in Normandy, and with nods to Proust and Barthes, Fellous offers a multitude of colourful portraits, and sweeps readers onto a lyrical journey, giving a voice to those one rarely gets to hear, and to loved ones now silent.

The Living Days
by Ananda Devi
Trans. Jeffrey Zuckerman
(Published 5 November 2019)

London. A city of shards. A city of ghosts. An 'unreal city' partly rebuilt from the rubble of the Blitz. A city where, on Portobello road, a seventy-five-year-old spinster sets eyes on a thirteen-year-old Jamaican boy called Cub, and finds her crumbling world clashing violently with his. A chimeric city where the two struggle to keep their footing; she haunted by the memory of a faceless sweetheart lost in the Second World War, he struggling to make his way out of council houses and dead-end futures. At once realistic and fantastical, The Living Days is a novel that encapsulates Ananda Devi's daring, unflinching talent, an unlikely love story in which the city of London is the most bewitching player, and the most dangerous. 

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A Respectable Occupation
by Julia Kerninon
Trans. Ruth Diver
With a foreword by Lauren Elkin

Kerninon's nano-autobiography begins at five and a half years of age when, dressed in a leopard-skin coat, she made the decision to become an author. Entwining the French and English literary traditions, this is an ode to writing, and to reading.

The Fool (and other moral tales)
by Anne Serre
Trans. Mark Hutchinson
The Fool
‘may have stepped out of a tarot pack: I came across this little figure rather late in life. Not being familiar with playing cards, still less with the tarot, I was a bit uncomfortable when I first set eyes on him. I believe in magic figures and distrust them—a figure observing you can turn the world upside down.’ 

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen
by Camille Laurens
Trans. Willard Wood

This absorbing, heartfelt work uncovers the story of the real dancer behind Degas’s now-iconic sculpture, and the struggles of late nineteenth-century Parisian life. Drawing on a wealth of historical material as well as her own love of ballet and personal experiences of loss, Camille Laurens presents a compelling, compassionate portrait of Marie van Goethem and the world she inhabited that shows the importance of those who have traditionally been overlooked in the study of art.

Exposition
by Nathalie Léger
Trans. Amanda DeMarco

A fascination with the life, and death, of the Countess of Castiglione - late 19th century predecessor of Cindy Sherman and most photographed woman of her time - leads to this piecemeal, creative biography.  Reflecting on the artistry of self-representation and the half-truths of portrait photography, Léger explores the myths around icons past and present, and goes on to re-frame her own family history.

La Robe Blanche
by Nathalie Léger
Trans. Natasha Lehrer

Inspired by the Italian feminist and performance artist Pippa Bacca, who tragically died while hitchhiking internationally in Europe to promote world peace under the motto, ‘marriage between different peoples and nations’, symbolically wearing a wedding dress during her trek. In this incandescent short book, Léger closes the third part of a trilogy begun with Suite for Barbara Loden.