About 100 years ago two brothers settled in the same small English town and raised 12 children.
The scandal over Liliane Bettencourt’s L’Oréal fortune is exposing the way French high society operates, says Patrick Marnham. And it is harming President Sarkozy in the polls
The French president’s chances of re-election look bleak. But the problem is not his politics, says Patrick Marnham, so much as his embarrassing personal life
‘I never knew peaceful times’, Irène Némirovsky once said, ‘I’ve always lived in anxiety and often in danger’.
With the opening paragraph of The Dogs and the Wolves (first serialised in France in 1939 and never previously translated) Irène Némirovsky takes us to the heart of her story: the complexities of Jewish life in eastern Europe and France in the first part of the 20th century.
Patrick Marnham visits Brazil’s annual festival of literature
The Kindly Ones, by Jonathan Littell, translated from French by Charlotte Mandell
Photopoetry, by Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles, by Richard Dowden
Patrick Marnham casts his eyes over Diego Rivera's murals
by Georges Simenon,
translated by David Carter
Between two rounds of a presidential election, the city seems untypically calm
Paul Foot, the ‘campaigning’ journalist who died last year and whose funeral attracted a crowd of 2,000 mourners, was a…