• A côté des milliers de kilomètres de routes et autoroutes que nos voitures et camions sillonnent dans l'Hexagone, d'autres voies plus tranquilles et discrètes tracent leurs bouts de chemin dans l'ombre des peupliers et bouleaux de nos campagnes : les canaux français.
    Certains sont traversés quotidiennement par de lourdes péniches ou de fins bateaux de plaisance, d'autres sont les oubliés de l'histoire industrielle, victimes du modernisme et de la vitesse : c'est le cas du Canal de Berry, petit canal français qui a connu le déclin dans les années cinquante après une bien brève activité d'un siècle et demi. Comment imaginer l'animation de ces lourdes écluses de bois, le pas lent des ânes et des mulets qui tractaient les péniches étroites de ce canal efflanqué, la vie des familles de bateliers, véritables gens du voyage du dix-neuvième siècle? C'est pour ne pas les oublier que ce livre essaie de faire revivre l'ambiance de l'époque bénie où les gens prenaient le temps de vivre et respectaient les rythmes et saisons de la nature.

  • Quatre auteurs contemporains prestigieux vous lancent un nouveau défi ! saurez-vous déjouer leurs pièges, repérer les indices-clés et deviner la chute ? autrement dit, saurez-vous cerner la personnalité de la logeuse ? pourrez-vous découvrir qui se cache derrière le dragon cracheur de feu, quelle surprise attend un homme pour son quarantième anniversaire ou encore quelle est la demeure d'astérion ? quatre nouvelles...
    Et autant de mystères à résoudre. pour ce faire, les élèves de troisième et de lycée professionnel devront mobiliser toutes leurs connaissances sur le récit ainsi que leur culture personnelle. idéal pour leur faire comprendre l'intérêt d'une lecture minutieuse et les préparer ainsi, en douceur, au commentaire littéraire.

  • Le 30 juillet 1972, un avion américain qui allait de Detroit à Miami fut détourné par cinq américains (trois hommes et deux femmes) accompagnés de leurs enfants. L'avion fut détourné sur Alger où ils débarquèrent avec le million de dollars qu'ils avaient obtenu de la compagnie aérienne pour le donner aux Panthères noires.

    À l'automne 1978, va s'ouvrir à Paris le procès de quatre d'entre eux, arrêtés en France où ils avaient cherché refuge. Ils se sont mis à écrire, en prison, le quadruple récit d'une jeunesse humiliée : la misère du ghetto, les couples qui se défont, l'alcoolisme, les taudis où courent les rats, la faim, les chapardages et l'engrenage de la délinquance. Partout à l'école, au pénitencier, au service militaire, au travail (quand ils en ont), ils se heurtent au mépris, au harcèlement policier, à l'injustice.

    Ces Noirs américains se sont rencontrés dans un même refus de vivre à genoux et ils ont décidé de s'évader ensemble du ghetto vers l'Afrique dont ils rêvent. Mais les Panthères noires sont en pleine crise. Ils quittent l'Algérie pour la France. Ils commençaient à y être heureux... En prison maintenant, inculpés pour avoir détourné un avion aux États-Unis, chacun d'entre eux témoigne avec ses souvenirs. Et ils espèrent, car, s'ils ont recouru au chantage, c'est parce qu'ils n'en pouvaient plus de vivre dans la violence et mépris. Ils ne justifient pas leur acte. Mais ce qu'ils ont vécu est leur meilleure défense, et le plus terrible des réquisitoires contre le racisme aux États-Unis, cette honte que d'autres hontes ne doivent pas faire oublier.

  • Malaya, 1952 - The War of the Running Dogs.



    They shot the Chinese courier and took the documents he was carrying. Then they cut off his hands and rolled him into a shallow grave.



    Another act of barbary in a savage jungle war, another dead Communist and another successful mission for the police and the SAS.



    Thirty-five years later - Members of the ambush party start dying. Unpleasantly. One of them has had his hands cut off. The past is catching up with the men who stood in that jungle clearing - the past in the form of a man with artificial hands and an insane urge to reclaim what was taken from him - at any cost.

  • Anglais Pinpoint

    George Brown

    France 1961. Operation Ponctuelle: the name given to top level assassinations of Gaullist Ministers. Two men lie in wait in a basement garage underneath the Boulevard St. Germain for the Minister of Special Affairs, their aim to kidnap their target and use him as a bargaining chip in the internecine strife that is tearing France apart. All goes to plan until one of the men reveals his true nature. First the four bodyguards die, then the Minister, then his girlfriend, whose tip off made the operation possible. The other man looks on in horror as a monster is born, a killer more ruthless than all the other players in the deadly war. Soon the fragmented security services are on the look out for the assassin, codenamed Diderot. But in the boiler room paranoia all are fair game, as the police, the army and top secret Maurice Bureau rip each other apart in the search for Diderot. Only an Englishman holds the threads which will unravel the enigma that is Diderot. But for Harry Metcalfe, differing motives of love, friendship and revenge mean that the job in hand is a difficult one, and the chances of his survival in the balancing act even slimmer.; Gripping espionage thriller from the man hailed as the next Frederick Forsyth.

  • Anglais Ringmain

    George Brown

    A US state visit in the diplomatic diaries, a labour MP freelancing as an IRA fixer; and a mole at the top of the British intelligence worth lorry-loads of Armalites to the dangerous men in Dublin...the high-explosive ringman circuit is falling into place.



    Its last connection is the world's most expensive death dealer who kills the highest placed for the highest price. Code-named Siegfried, he's in London to earn three-quarters of a million pounds with a job on the side.



    Between the steel toe-cap going in and the ringman triggering to detonate, the kill-master will find out which side...

  • Anglais Sacrifice

    George Brown

    First there was Peter Wright - now the spectre of another tell-all British Intelligence officer haunts the government.



    Greville Sixsmith, a once powerful intelligence executive, retires to Melbourne to write his memoirs, memoirs so potentially explosive that his flat is watched night and day by members of the Australian and British Secret Services. . and by members of the Provisional IRA who have been tipped off that the memoirs contain the identity of a British mole at the top of their organisation.



    Little do they realise that the British have installed Sixsmith in order to feed them false information. That is until they break into his flat and torture the truth from Sixsmith himself. The one surviving IRA man sets off across Australia in order to tell his controller that the memoirs are a hoax. Hard on his heels are two Intelligence officers who will do anything to stop him. . .

  • Malaysia: 1974. The CIA's most incriminating secret of recent years is about to be exposed. Somewhere, in deep cover, an agent known only as The Contractor has penetrated to the enemy's very core and supplied information that has proven invaluable. But the price he must pay for it is shockingly high.
    The CIA is prepared to do whatever it must to keep its dirty secrets hidden: even if its prized agent must die. As the noose tightens, three men and one beautiful woman are caught up in a deadly pursuit that takes them from the steamy streets of Bangkok, across the jungle of Thailand, to the lonely, dangerous seas . . .
    A stunningly authentic novel of intrigue and violence, from a master storyteller

  • Anglais The Envoy

    George Brown

    He was the last hostage, but no one in the outside world even knew he'd been taken, or by whom. He was last seen in Rome, but his broken body ended up in Beirut. He had been on a mission so explosive that only the President of the United States and his personal security co-ordinator knew of it.



    The secret he'd discovered had a price: 150 million dollars, and the lives of everyone who had tried to claim it.



    The Envoy is a book in the tradition of George Brown's other bestsellers, Ringmain and The Double Tenth: all the violence of the Middle East is laid bare in a novel that twists and turns to its shocking end.

  • A vigorous antidote to the homely, self-satisfied utopian outlook as portrayed in the 'kailyard tradition' of writers such as S.R. Crockett, John Watson and James Barrie, it offers instead a bleak and uncompromising vision in which there is no united community, only cruel gossip, the failure of youth and a yawning absence of faith in anything. Nowhere is this more evident than in Brown's fictional Barbie, where the hated and envied Gourlay, the successful, domineering and powerful local businessman, looks down on the local people both physically and metaphorically from the house he has built on the brae overlooking the village. The House With the Green Shutters is the story of his downfall, which is set in motion by the arrival of the affable yet corrupt and self-seeking Wilson, who gradually squeezes Gourlay out of one thing after another. Gourlay, an honest man despite his grimness and inflexibility, cannot compete, and his fate is sealed. Outwardly a symbol of order and control, the house with the green shutters is chaotic within; at its centre is a vacuum - 'the gaping place where the warmth should have been' - around which swirls a maelstrom of anger, hatred and resentment. As the story unfolds, Gourlay's son, intelligent and sensitive yet stifled by maternal love and paternal domination, slides emotionally and temperamentally out of control, and it is he who is responsible for the final act in the tragic sequence of events - killing his father in a fit of drunken rage. Although a powerful expose of late Victorian society, many of the criticisms inherent in The House With the Green Shutters are as apt today as they were a hundred years ago.

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