Apesia: book list for OIB students (from Helen Shall)

Suggested Reading – OIB

The very best English students are those who read widely. If you are coming in to the OIB class, then you need to be well read. If you are coming into year 11 (seconde) I suggest you choose from the “easier reads” at the bottom of the list.

Below is a list of challenging and literary novels ranging from ‘classics’ to more modern winners of literary awards. They have been chosen for their literary value and because I have enjoyed them.

At the end is a list of slightly less demanding reads which might make a good starting point for those wanting to develop their reading muscles before attacking the classics!

Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte

Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen

Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons

Gulliver’s Travels Jonathon Swift

Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte

Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy

Far from the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy

A Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde

Silas Marner George Eliot

Frankenstein Mary Shelley

1984 George Orwell

Brave New World Aldous Huxley

Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

1000 Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini

The Book Thief Marcus Zusak

Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami

Enduring Love Ian McEwan

Atonement Ian McEwan

Catcher in the Rye J D Sallinger

Brighton Rock Graham Greene

Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro

Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro

Falling Man Don DeLillo

Spies Michael Frayn

The Road Cormac McCarthy

Black Swan Green David Mitchell

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things Jon McGregor

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

White Teeth Zadie Smith

Wild Swans Jung Chang

Engleby Sebastian Faulks

Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden

The Time Machine H G Wells

Sophie’s World Jostein Gaarder

Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



For a slightly lighter read…

Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones

Martyn Pyg – Kevin Brooks

The Woman in Black – Susan Hill

The King of the Castle – Susan Hill

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

His Dark Materials Trilogy – Phillip Pullman

Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

The Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold – John Le Carre

Tales of The Otori (trilogy) – Lian Hearn

The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett

Slumdog Millionaire – Vikas Swarup

Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby


Autumn book sale

29th September 2019 Autumn Book and Bake Sale

The SOS Help Autumn book sale will arrive in Paris in September!

Our popular sale of English Language Books will provide you with the opportunity to refresh your book shelves with some great new reads.

English language books will be on sale for the bargain price of 2€ each, and there will also be our renowned bake sale to provide you with sustenance while you search for your next favourite book!

We’ll be at the American Cathedral in Paris, 23 Avenue George V, 75008 on Sunday 29 September, between 12pm and 4pm.


Un pique-nique au Parc du Tremblay

Pique-Nique reporté

En raison de la canicule et du report des examens du brevet à la semaine
prochaine, nous avons pensé qu’il serait plus judicieux d’annuler
notre pique-nique de ce dimanche … mais que diriez vous de nous retrouver
en septembre pour un pique-nique de début d’année ?
Si cette idée vous plaît n’hésitez pas à nous en faire part – merci

Entre temps nous souhaitons bon courage à tous ceux qui passent le brevet
et nous espérons vous voir très prochainement.

L’équipe APESIA

Due to the heatwave this week and the rescheduling of the brevet exams,
we thought it wise to cancel our picnic this Sunday …. but what would
you say to the idea of holding it in September instead?

If you’re interested please let us know – thanks very much in advance!

In the meantime we wish all those taking the brevet  tests the
very best and we hope to see you soon.

The APESIA team

Summer Book Sale

logo read summer


Roll up, roll up, pick up your summer reading at our

Bag of Books Sale

5€ per bag!

Sunday 7 July from 11:30 am to 14:30 pm
Outside St. Joseph’s Church
50 avenue Hoche,
75008 Paris

Please understand we cannot accept book donations at this clearance sale

Can’t make it, but can make a 5€ donation to keep us listening?


sos help

Remise de certificats de la section internationale

Les élèves de 3ème de la section internationale des collèges Edouard Branly et Watteau recevront leur certificat le 18/06/2019 au collège Watteau. Cette petite cérémonie aura lieu à 16h30 en présence des professeurs de la section internationale et des membres du bureau de l’Apesia.