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  1. Les Misérables

    By Victor Hugo

    Beginning in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris, the novel follows the lives and interactions of several characters, particularly the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption. After 19 years as a prisoner, Jean Valjean is freed by Javert, the officer in charge of the prison workforce. Valjean promptly breaks parole but later uses money from stolen silver to reinvent himself as a mayor and factory owner. Javert vows to bring Valjean back to prison. Eight years later, Valjean becomes the guardian of a child named Cosette after her mother’s death, but Javert’s relentless pursuit means that peace will be a long time coming.

  2. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    The Little Prince

    By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.

  3. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

    The Count of Monte Cristo

    By Alexandre Dumas

    Set against the turbulent years of the Napoleonic era, Alexandre Dumas’s thrilling adventure story is one of the most widely read romantic novels of all time. In it the dashing young hero, Edmond Dantès, is betrayed by his enemies and thrown into a secret dungeon…

  4. The Stranger by Albert Camus

    The Stranger

    By Albert Camus

    Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.” First published in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward.

  5. Balthasar’s Odyssey by Amin Maalouf

    Balthasar’s Odyssey

    By Amin Maalouf

    Balthasar sets out on a long journey to find a very rare book: The Unveiling of the Hidden Name by Abu Maher Al Mazandarani, commonly known as “The Hundredth Name”. In Islam there are 99 names for God, this book is said to reveal a secret and sacred one hundredth name that offers salvation from the apocalyptic year 1666, also known as the year of the beast.