Non-fiction

A Life Less Ordinary

Baby Halder

Written on a notepad in moments snatched between her domestic duties, Baby Halder’s memoir recounts the hardships and struggles of her life as a poor woman in India; her mother walked out when she was…


The Courage to Leave

Diaryatou Bah

Diaryatou was born in 1985 in Guinea. One of 32 children (her father had four wives), at the age of two she was sent to live with her grandparents in a little village “on the edge of the world,” where…


The Apostles of Beauty

Tzvetan Todorov

Although they may sound strange today, Dostoevsky’s famous words were once taken at face value. In the wake of 19th century Romanticism, several generations of writers did believe that through their l…


In the Name of Honour

Mukhtar Mai

For the first time, Mukhtar Mai recounts her ordeal in this moving memoir. A story of extreme suffering and humiliation, it is also one of immense courage and faith. Mukhtar Mai is thirty five years o…


In Defence of the Enlightenment

Tzvetan Todorov

Two and a half centuries ago, a generation of men grew up with the exhilarating belief that the world could be explored and explained with man-created tools and adventurous minds over which no God had…


The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality

André Comte-Sponville

In all Western traditions, be it Jewish, Muslim or Christian, God has become synonymous with spirituality. In this remarkable essay, André Comte-Sponville argues that a demanding personal ethic does n…


Conquering the Impossible

Mike Horn

Mike Horn had an idea, he wanted to attempt the impossible: to circumnavigate the 20 000 kilometres of the artic circle, alone, against the winds and the currents, without using any motorised transpor…


Baghdad Journal

Steve Mumford

“It’s refreshing to get this dispatch told, from the perspective not of a journalist or a photographer, but of an artist… written in a lucid and reflective style that perfectly matches these quiet spa…


Letting go

Marcel Rufo

During the nine months spent in the womb, a baby experiences a vital period of union with its mother, which enables the infant to draw the strength and sustenance that it needs. But once born the baby…


Living in Fire

Marina Tsvetaeva

Paradoxically, in this unique editorial adventure, it would almost be better to forget the name of the author: the Russian poet, Marina Tsvetaeva, a muse to both Pasternak and Rilke, who in 1941 commi…