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


On  October 12th we held a Q&A session at the Lycée Branly about opportunities for studying abroad. Speakers at the meeting included parents whose children are now studying in England and Scotland (or whose children had successfully applied to study abroad but finally chose to stay in France). We talked in detail about the application process through UCAS, tuition fees, the financial help available, the trials and tribulations of writing the personal statement and life for our children abroad. We also received feedback from a member who attended the International Student Fair organised in Paris in September by the association CIS (Council for International Schools) in partnership with AAWE. Several parents expressed an interest in Canada and an Apesia member whose child successfully applied to a Canadian university would be very pleased to share his experience with us. He could not attend the meeting on this occasion but we will organise another session very soon.
In the meantime, please find below a list of organisations and events that could be useful to you and your children:

L’assemblée générale d’APESIA se tiendra le samedi 30 novembre de 10h à 12h dans la salle B001 du collège/lycée E.Branly . Elle sera précédée d’un accueil-café à partir de 9h30. Ce sera l’occasion d’échanger sur l’année passée,  les actions menées par l’association et l’actualité de la section.

Cette année sera aussi le moment de renouveler en partie le bureau car deux personnes doivent le quitter. Aimeriez-vous  jouer un rôle plus important au sein de l’association?  N’hésitez pas à nous contacter pour en parler (avant le 30 si possible).

Nous vous rappelons que dans le cadre des règles de sécurité, la liste des parents attendus doit être transmise à l’administration au plus tard le 28 Novembre 2019. Une pièce d’identité vous sera demandée à l’accueil de l’établissement.

Merci de confirmer votre présence par mail à

L’invitation à l’Assemblée générale est en pièce jointe ici

APESIA est le porte-parole des parents d’élèves de la section internationale à Nogent.Votre adhésion est importante , vous pouvez la télécharger ici

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.

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