The Institut Français in London is organising “Journeys around one’s room", a special literary event with three French authors: Lucie Paye (Les Cœurs inquiets), Olivier Dorchamps (Ceux que je suis) and Arnaud de la Grange (Le Huitième soir).

The event will be accessible online via Zoom, and participants will be able to interact with the authors via the Zoom chat.

The conversation will be in French, and simultaneously translated in English.


WHEN: Thursday 17 September at 6.30pm

Fees £7 per person for the online participation.

You can book your place online: here 


Les Cœurs inquiets (Gallimard, 2020)

A young painter sees a strangely familiar face appear on his canvas. A woman writes a last letter to her lost love. What they have in common is the absence that haunts everyday life, the tenacious company of ghosts from the past. Throughout a subtle hall of mirrors, their quests will come together.

Lucie Paye was born in Paris in 1975. She lives in London. Les Cœurs inquiets is her debut novel.


Le Huitième Soir  (Gallimard, 2019)

Prix Roger Nimer & Prix Erwan Bergot

During the hellish battle of Dien Bien Phu, a young man remembers his life. Beyond the war, his story is that of man facing an ordeal. This book is about the resilience after an accident, the suffering of a son in front of a dying mother, the quest for meaning in the midst of the absurd. It is a hymn to brotherhood and to life.

Arnaud de La Grange is a journalist, foreign correspondent for Le Figaro in London, and a writer. Le Huitième Soir is his second novel, after Les Vents sombres (2017).


Ceux que je suis (Finitude, 2019)

Prix de Gaulle, Prix Esprit large, Prix du premier roman de la Ville de Paris.

Although surprised that his father wanted to be buried in Morocco, Marwan Mansouri agrees to fly the body home. Strolling through the streets of Casablanca, running into his father’s old friends, Marwan starts the process of truly laying to rest a man who was far more complex than he had ever realised.

Olivier Dorchamps was born in Geneva and lives in London. The son of a cosmopolitan family, he has dual Franco-British citizenship. His taste for French literature led him to choose that language for his first novel, Ceux que je suis.