Litfest International Fiction Book Club

Join us and share your passion for reading!

Upcoming Meetings: 12 December 2022, 6.30pm

Shortlisted for the 2022 Booker International Prize

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2022

‘This is an autobiography unlike any you have ever read. The Years is an earnest, fearless book, a Remembrance of Things Past for our age of media domination and consumerism, for our period of absolute commodity fetishism’
Edmund White, New York Times

Considered by many to be the iconic French memoirist’s defining work, The Years by bestselling French author Annie Ernaux, is a personal narrative of the period 1941 to 2006 told through the lens of memory, impressions past and present – even projections into the future – photos, books, songs, radio, television and decades of advertising, headlines, contrasted with intimate conflicts and writing notes from six decades of diaries.

The Years by Annie Ernaux, translated from the French by Alison L. Strayer, is published in paperback and eBook by Fitzcarraldo and available from Litfest’s online bookshop:

‘One of the best books you’ll ever read.’
Deborah Levy, author of Hot Milk

Annie Ernaux (b. 1940) grew up in Normandy, studied at Rouen University, and later taught at secondary school. From 1977 to 2000, she was a professor at the Centre National d’Enseignement par Correspondance. In 2017, Annie Ernaux was awarded the Marguerite Yourcenar Prize for her life’s work. In 2022, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Alison L. Strayer is a Canadian writer and translator. Her work has been shortlisted twice for the Governor General’s Award for Literature and for Translation, shortlisted for the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal and the Prix littéraire France-Québec, and longlisted for the Albertine Prize. Her translation of The Years was awarded the 2018 French-American Translation Prize in the non-fiction category. She lives in Paris

To join the Litfest International Fiction Book Club, email Bill Swainson at

You can buy a paperback copy of The Years and many other book club choices by going to our online bookshop and in this way – or by donating – support the book club and Litfest’s work.

Thank you for your support.

Litfest’s international programme is funded by the Jan Michalski Foundation.

About the Book Club

Every month the Litfest International Book Club meets to discuss some of the best works of contemporary fiction in translation, creating a series of friendly sessions with the aim of discovering what’s new and exciting in international literature. We talk about which books tor read among ourselves and make a point of choosing books that are available in paperback and eBook so that they are easy to find in libraries and bookshops.


Transcripts of our discussions with writers, translators, editors and prize judges from April 2020 to February 2021 are available to read online, and selected video recordings are also available via our YouTube channel.  From April 2021 most books will be introduced by the translator, author or editor in a short video.

Meetings of the Litfest International Fiction Book Club are held online.  If you would like to join us virtually by Zoom, please email Bill Swainson ( who will send you the joining details for each meeting.

International Fiction Book Club titles are available to order in advance from our  online bookshop . Local Pick Up (from The Storey reception in Lancaster) is now an option at the checkout. Please note, if choosing Local Pick Up, we will email you to let you know when your order is ready to collect.